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If you don´t want to see this movie (which you should) at least hear it. It´got a great soundtrack which really takes the movie higher. Songs with Beck, Sonic Youth, Butthole surfers among others really captures what this movie´s about.
This is my third Linklater film. I liked it the most, which is not saying a whole lot. What I hate about him (and since bogosian was writing, I had hoped this wouldn't be a problem this time) is that his films tend to be as aimless as their subjects. Most of his characters are about as interesting as any loser you could randomly hit by throwing a rock in a high school hallway. In this case, however, just when you are ready to throw in the towel, it gets really interesting. (And Parker Posey really livens things up when she appears in the latter half of the film. I mean, how could she not?!)First half: D Second half: A-
Suburbia ranks as one of my all-time favorite films simply for the fact that it presents youth today for what it is: cynical, lazy, and jaded. While other movies show you the "Hollywood" idea of youth, Eric Bogosian's original stage play strips away the glamour and the "best times of our lives" view that most mainstream movies strive to portray. The ending grabs you, shakes you, and makes you think. In my humble opinion, it's one of the most harshly realistic movies on the "Kids In America" produced thus far.
Suburbia was a great movie. I saw it when it came out, and at the time, I'm sad to say, "The movie was an exact portrait of our youth today". Maybe one of the best portrayals of our youth. I hate to say, but my friends and I are kinda the corner store bums too. The Movie Rocked and Giovanni Rebisi rules all!!!!!!
SubUrbia is one of those movies that stay in your mind forever. With gripping dialog, funny characters, and the strange reality that makes you believe this movie is happening while you're watching it. Dina Spybey gave a great performance even though the movie didn't include her as much as I hoped it would. Everyone else give incredible performances. Plus, it 's a Parker Posey movie, what else could you ask for.
This movie was originally a play. As a result, the movie has a lot of dialogue and not a lot of action. But the dialogue is very funny, and you do feel sorry for these kids. It's hard to believe that any of the characters will end up anywhere, except for the suburban wasteland of Burnfield that they reluctantly call home. I thought it was a very good movie, though a sad commentary on America's youth.
I've always been a fan of Giovanni Ribisi, and seeing this film really made me realize why I like him so much. His performance is just amazing. This is a film based off a play by Eric Bogosian, which centers around a group of friends that pretty much spend their days and nights hanging out in the parking lot of a convenience store, drinking away their future. One friend in particular had broken away to become a successful pop star which only stirs up jealous feelings from his former childhood buddies upon his return. On a whole I think this film really offers something for those that are interested in movies that are intellectually stimulating. There isn't a whole lot of action, and the entire movie pretty much takes place at the convenience store, but for what it lacks in scenery and "effects" it makes up for in dialog and acting. 9/10
It was a play first, vey often produced over the last decade. Linklater
can't be blamed for the story or any of that. Its a film version of a
like house of yes, or the upcming Angels in America, or the LAramie
And, the main difference between a film and a play is that a play's script
is not up for discussion along with the action as it is not a unique
act, it is an interpretation by a director of the playwright's words. A
movie script on the other hand goes hand in hand with the action as it is
meant to be created as one entity.
That aside as a common misconception for so many people I see reviewing plays like they were movies (leave the script alone talk about acting and direction), I like Suburbia.
Wow, what a preachy mess.
Instead of being subtle, Eric Bogosian lays it on thick with impossibly silly and stupid characters. When it's all said and done, Bogosian thinks he can make the moral of the story sound less preachy if a Pakistani clerk delivers it.
It fails on every level.
Chances are, you probably have. You probably know one (or several) of the
characters in this movie, if not now, then at some point in your life. Maybe
you were one of them. I know I can understand their frustration, but these
kids are just too damn old to be this dumb. And it all works for me, because
of the magnificent script by Eric Bogosian. Eric is one of those guys who
could be making millions in Hollywood by writing scripts full of zingers for
Jerry Bruckheimer, but instead he writes plays and does one man shows, and I
think has developed a bit of a cult following. Talent most deserving of
Ribisi and Zahn are the two actors who stand out in this little ensemble. Zahn is a riot as the drunk and/or stoned Buff. I like this guy. Ribisi is always great, isn't he? His face is not quite Hollywood enough to play the lead in movies, but he does very well in a lot of supporting roles in some big films. I like the fact that he's a busy guy, but he never phones it in.
It follows a group of bored (many would say boring) kids. Except they're not really kids. Some are in college or dropped out, another has toured the world, but now they're all trapped in Suburban hell. But is trapped the word for it? We get to see several of their peers that have taken real jobs or have followed their dreams and made something of themselves, and this group still hangs out at the dumpster behind the convenience store. They are just to old to be this stupid, and it drives them nuts. Ribisi's character wonders Why he isn't rich and famous like his old friend Pony the rock star. He comments on life too, so why not him? The difference is, he does it from the local burger joint, while Pony has the sense to put it in song form and sell it to thousands of screaming teenagers. And the rebel without a clue, wrapped in self pity, who was almost a football star but instead became a drunk. And the former alcoholic teen. And the one that thinks she'll just go to New York and they'll welcome her with open arms because of her unique artistic vision, but we all really know she will end up a junkie and starve to death instead.
It captures that time in your life (late or early teens) when you hate the world, but you can't form a cohearant reason why you're so angry all the time. I'm not sure where the ending to this movie is, or why they decided to go in such a dark direction in the third act (I think they could have done without it), but this is a terrific film. Clever and very funny at times, it makes you thank god you're not still a kid again. The confusion does melt away at some point, it just takes a little longer for some. 9/10 stars. G'night!
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