When household tensions and a sense of worthlessness overcome Evan, he finds escape when he clings with the orphans of a throw-away society. The runaways hold on to each other like a family...
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Two punks from the big city, traveling across the country in a Volkswagen bug, embrace the western ethos when they must take revenge against a group of rednecks for killing their friend in ... See full summary »
Roy and Bo leave their small town the weekend after graduation for a short road trip to LA. Soon, they find themselves lashing out and leaving a trail of bodies behind them. The violence escalates throughout.
When household tensions and a sense of worthlessness overcome Evan, he finds escape when he clings with the orphans of a throw-away society. The runaways hold on to each other like a family until a tragedy tears them apart. Directed by Penelope Spheeris of "Decline of Western Civilization." Written by
Concorde - New Horizons (with permission).
Easily one of the greatest punk rock movies ever made
I'll admit a certain bias. Even though I don't consider myself a punk rocker (I realize the movement is completely dead in its traditional form), I have a certain fascination for the lifestyle and absolutely love the music. Even so, you don't have to love the music to realize that "Suburbia" is a damn good movie (even though your enjoyment probably helps). Simply put, it is one of the greatest punk rock movies ever made, possibly the second behind the 80s cult masterpiece "Repo Man".
The film works well because it transcends it technical limitations and low budget roots to create something that is a truly accurate portrayal of a long gone movement. The acting and dialog would seem quite awkward in any other film, but keeping with the D.I.Y. attitude the scene carried at the time, they fit perfectly with the films attitude. Most of the cast was made up of not professional actors, but real life punk rockers, and it certainly shows (both Flea and the future bassist for the US Bombs are here).
Penelope Spheeris, who'd previously made the landmark punk rock documentary "The Decline of Western Civilization", directs the project with a degree of skill but avoids adding anything resembling flash. She makes the most out of the low budget. Also, the film surprising strikes an emotional note, showing its protagonists to be truly alienated from a society that disappointed them, despite the suburbs initially supposed to be a utopia. Whether you like punk or not, "Suburbia" is a great slice of indie cinema. (9/10)
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