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SubUrbia (1996)

A group of suburban teenagers try to support each other through the difficult task of becoming adults.

Director:

Richard Linklater

Writers:

Eric Bogosian (play), Eric Bogosian (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jayce Bartok ... Pony
Amie Carey ... Sooze
Nicky Katt ... Tim
Ajay Naidu ... Nazeer Choudhury
Parker Posey ... Erica
Giovanni Ribisi ... Jeff
Samia Shoaib Samia Shoaib ... Pakeesa Choudhury
Dina Spybey-Waters ... Bee-Bee (as Dina Spybey)
Steve Zahn ... Buff
Kitt Brophy Kitt Brophy ... Sooze's Mom
Jonn Cherico ... Shopping Channel Host
Keith Preusse Keith Preusse ... Officer Chip
Eric Park Eric Park ... Officer Gary
William Martin Hayes William Martin Hayes ... Scuff
Bill Wise ... George the Limo Driver
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Storyline

Five young losers spend their days and nights wasting their lives away, hanging out in parking lots and occasionally mentioning that they might want to make something of themselves... someday. On this particular night, they are visited by an old high school friend who has escaped their suburban town to become a pop star. Written by Andy Bogursky <bogursky@erols.com>

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language including sex and drug references, teen drinking and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 July 1997 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

subUrbi@ See more »

Filming Locations:

Taylor, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$69,365, 9 February 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$726,207
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Giovanni Ribisi and Richard Linklater had some dispute over Ribisi appearing nude in the film. Linklater eventually convinced him that it was "in his Moya character". Ribisi agreed. See more »

Quotes

Jeff: Idealism is guilty middle-class bullshit.
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Crazy Credits

Filmed entirely on location in Burnfield, USA (Burnfield was the fictional city.) See more »


Soundtracks

Salvation
Music by Bill Carter
Lyrics by Eric Bogosian
Performed by Jayce Bartok
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Too harsh for the masses...
23 October 2000 | by RawMuttonSee all my reviews

If you like 90 minute movies (over the course which each character becomes a better person), characters with whom you can deeply sympathize, complete resolution of all conflicts, and happy endings, don't rent this. subUrbia is too harsh, too honest, and too painful.

Ribisi and Katt are amazing. Katt was great as the wisecracking "Stacy" in the movie The Limey, a role similar to his in subUrbia (Tim). Overall, the characters are too angry, poisonous, and disillusioned to be likeable. I didn't find this to be a bad thing, however.

Adding to the numbing ache of the movie is the fantastic score- Sonic Youth's droning guitars and a nihilistic soundtrack all add to the depression in Linklater/Begosian's Burnfield. Enjoy. Or not.


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