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The 7 Worst Neighbors of TV and Film

Which is worse: the grumpy old man; the loud, destructive teenager; or the neighborhood flirt? We love to hate them, and we’d hate to live next to them: the top seven bad neighbors of TV and film.

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The Intimidator

Samuel L. Jackson, who plays a disgruntled cop in Lakewood Terrace, is the neighbor who just can’t be reasoned with. More frustratingly, he doesn’t ever seem to suffer the consequences of his actions. If you have a neighbor like this, document every incident. It will help prove your case if it’s ever necessary to call the authorities.

Image: Screen Gems/Everett Collection

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  • Samuel L. Jackson, who plays a disgruntled cop in Lakewood Terrace, is the neighbor who just can’t be reasoned with. More frustratingly, he doesn’t ever seem to suffer the consequences of his actions. If you have a neighbor like this, document every incident. It will help prove your case if it’s ever necessary to call the authorities.

    Image: Screen Gems/Everett Collection

  • Some neighborhood children take the freedom from the dismissive phrase “they’re just being kids” to frustrating heights. If you have a little Dennis the Menace living next door to you, go over his head and speak to his parents. A friendly, mature chat about their child’s behavior could be all you need to put an end to it.

    Image: Warner Brothers/Everett Collection

  • Home owners associations can ban everything from the wrong kind of garden flowers to the wrong kind of car. The Beverly Hillbillies were lucky not to have an HOA that strict, but you may not be. Find out what your HOA does and doesn’t allow before you move in.

    Image: Filmways/Everett Collection

  • An overly flirtatious neighbor is also a bad neighbor. The Desperate Housewives of Wisteria Lane may fight to keep their husbands away from overly flirtatious newcomer Renee Perry, but instead of risking assault charges, talk honestly with your spouse about how to contend with the flirt in your neighborhood.

    Image: ABC/Danny Feld

  • Blinding Christmas lights, loud chain sawing in the middle of the night, a dangerous dog on the loose: Clark Griswold brings the pain to his neighborhood, and then some. When soundproofing and fencing isn’t enough to stop Nuisance Neighbors like this, get the HOA or the city involved.

    Image: Warner Brothers/Everett Collection

  • In Disturbia, Shia LaBeouf played a character whose creepy peeping led to the capture of a dangerous criminal. But violating his neighbor’s privacy is a whole other offense. No one likes to feel watched by a neighbor. Install proper shading on your windows and if you see a peeping Tom, report him to police.

    Image: Paramount/Everett Collection

  • These grumpy old men scare your children, close themselves off from the neighborhood, and generally complain about everything. If you’re having repeated issues with them, try reasoning with them through a mediator to make sure things don’t escalate unnecessarily.

    Image: Warner Brothers/Everett Collection

  • If you like these, you may want to take a spin through HouseLogic’s library of slideshows.

     

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  • The Menace
  • The Misfits
  • The Flirt
  • The Nuisance
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  • The Grumpy Old Men
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