Farcical short about a young couple in love whose forbidden love starts off a war between their neighboring families. One of Buster Keaton's more sophisticated comedies, NEIGHBORS relies less on elaborate set pieces and more on clever visual gags and Keaton's impeccable sense of pace and comedic timing. The acrobatics at the end, featuring "The Flying Escalantes," are especially impressive.
Buster Keaton wants the daughter of a neighbor family but he is poor so he has to kidnap her. Uncontrollable pants falling down and dangerous stunts is still VERY fun today as I laughed many times through this one. The unpolitical correct gag where Keaton gets black paint in his face is probably not THAT fun anymore in these political correct times.
After finding out that Keaton and his crew didn't use scripts for their films and that improvisation was was one of the main forms of inspiration, these gags start to appear even more fascinating. In this short, Keaton's stunts are the main attraction and it's really interesting to watch him use his abilities and imagination to find as many gags as possibly in a relatively simple little story. Still, not the greatest
Not a top notch Keaton short as it drags a little at times, but it has lots of good stunt work and a pointed black-face gag about race and the police (unfortunately contrasted with a possibly racist ghost gag, though Keaton might have done the same gag with a white or Asian family and just happened to do it with a black family - hard to know).