Lakeview Terrace

Lakeview Terrace

DVD - 2009
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When a newlywed couple becomes the target of their neighbor, a police officer who is harassing them, they decide to fight back.
Publisher: [United States] : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2009]
Edition: Widescreen ed
ISBN: 9781435909526
Branch Call Number: DVD LAKEVIEW
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (110 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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"The way it seems to me, the man never made an actual threat against your life or property. So it's his word against yours. And he has, let's say, the color issue on his side. And that color happens to be blue."

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Sep 28, 2018

This thriller/drama film is about a married couple who is moving into their first home only to discover their new and threatening neighbour, who seems to be against their interracial relationship. This movie stars Samuel L. Jackson, Patrick Wilson, Kerry Washington, and Jay Hernandez. The movie had a pretty good beginning which set you up for what should had been a suspenseful and serious film. But, as things developed the movie seemed to have just gotten worse with a truly disappointing ending. I would rate this movie 3/5 stars and recommend it to those who like suspenseful and dramatic thriller films. @The_Reviewer of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Apr 21, 2018

If you are looking for something other than a drama, you will be disappointed. Drama as in: long drawn out boring plus riddled with things in life that create "drama" or aspects of life you don't want. This movie is twisted, it doesn't really flow well, the characters don't have a real feel and perhaps in the end, there is no real point to any part of it.

Quimeras Dec 19, 2013

Clearly exaggerated when it comes to neighbor relations, “Lakeview Terrace” is still a fun movie to watch.

Mar 30, 2013

Standard story of a mixed yuppie expectant couple moving into their starter dream house next door to a psycho-rogue LAPD cop who's awfully hard on his children (think "The Great Santini") and also his neighborhood. Predictable and contrived...NEXT!

Jan 27, 2012

Interesting idea. Generally the movie was quite spooky. It keeps you wondering what will happen next. Samuel Jackson is amazing the way he portrays a very creepy racist neighbor. On the negative side- It isn’t a horrifying “keeps you on the edge of your seat” thriller. Some parts were typical of these kinds of movies. There were some week parts.

Aug 25, 2011


Looking at your neigbours, through your streets & home-windows, you probably can see yourself in this great movie.

VERY BITTER TRUTH & SOBER REALITY OF A COMMUNITY WITH VARIOUS MULTIPLE LIFE STYLES, backgrounds, ideals, dreams & interests, ALL blended & mixed together in one neighborhood, breeding good friends or more resentments & conflicts.

The truth seems ALWAYS hard to swallow.

Apr 23, 2009

Didn't like it. "Lakeview Terrace" is scarcely original and in no way earthshaking in terms of social relevance.
Take a tired premise of the "neighbour from hell"... Tom Hanks did it twice in "The Money Pit" and "The Burbs" - so did Michael Keaton in "Beetlejuice" and "Pacific Heights", as did Ben Stiller in "Duplex" and even Jay North back when he was exasperating Mr. Wilson in "Dennis the Menace".
Add to that today's social relevance of interracial marriage and some current modern dysfunctional human interaction that stems from a reverse-discriminating black cop - and you get this stark bonkers flick that asks you to believe that every stereotype Hollywood could throw at you is for real and worth spending millions of dollars to bring to the screen - just to justify someone's arcane notion that we really care that this might actually be based on a true story, originally out of Chicago!
"Lakeview Terrace" is full of emotional false notes, bad dialogue and cardboard characters, who, along with their situations and resolutions, are all too predictable.
If you like Samuel L. Jackson doing his way-over-the-top-as-usual acting shtick (It worked for me in "Pulp Fiction" - but I got tired of his one-trick-pony act long before "Snakes on a Plane") you might enjoy this nasty obsessive bad pulp fiction about an African American cop terrorizing a White neighbour and his Black wife - all because, we learn, the source of his unhappiness is an unfaithful spouse.
Or you might take out Paul Haggis Academy Award winning film "Crash" - which also tackles the same themes of racial unrest and its aftermaths but does so brilliantly showing the human complexities involved instead of this dismissive drivel.
Pick wisely.

Apr 20, 2009

Good - Lakeview Terrace (2008) 110 min. The only reason I would recommend this film is that the film is never dull and does indeed take you through a roller-coaster of emotions (usually, anger) despite the fact that the film does stretch the imagination. The film is about a young couple (the wife is African-American; the husband Caucasian; not that it matters to me but it did for the characters in the picture), who move into a rich neighbourhood next to a 28-year veteran cop, who’s determined to make their life a living hell. The storyline does tie all loose ends to a degree in trying to add reason to the events taking place on the screen (e.g. why Samuel L. Jackson’s character hates this couple to the point of making his hatred an obsession). Samuel L. has this incredible energy, especially when the man gets angry (“Pulp Fiction” all over again). The credibility meter took a nose dive when Samuel, despite all the “nasties” he’s inflicted on the young couple continues to either invite himself to the couples’ parties. Though the writers explore the realities of interracial marriages, there’s no real conclusion either – did I learn anything from this? No. The reason was that the race issue was just a smoke screen for the real pain Samuel L. Jackson was enduring. Overall: a good thriller (just remember to park reality at the door).


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