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Suburbicon (2017)

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As a 1950s suburban community self-destructs, a home invasion has sinister consequences for one seemingly normal family.

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George Clooney
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Monroe ... Mailman Henry
Gavin Wilde Gavin Wilde ... Cowboy Kid
Landon Gordon ... Kid on Bike
Hope Banks ... Mrs. Pendalton
Karimah Westbrook ... Mrs. Mayers
James Handy ... Mayor Billings
Mather Zickel ... James
Josh Meyer ... Freddy (Housing Planner)
Vince Cefalu ... Chuck
Michael D. Cohen ... Stretch
Corey Allen Kotler ... Bomber
Leith M. Burke ... Mr. Mayers (as Leith Burke)
Julianne Moore ... Rose / Margaret
Noah Jupe ... Nicky
Tony Espinosa ... Andy Mayers
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Storyline

In the bosom of Suburbicon, a family-centred, all-white utopia of manicured lawns and friendly locals, a simmering tension is brewing, as the first African-American family moves in the idyllic community, in the hot summer of 1959. However, as the patriarch Gardner Lodge and his family start catching a few disturbing glimpses of the once welcoming neighbourhood's dark underbelly, acts of unprecedented violence paired with a gruesome death will inevitably blemish Suburbicon's picture-perfect facade. Who would have thought that darkness resides even in Paradise? Written by Nick Riganas

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Director George Clooney takes you to the dark side of suburbia... See more »


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Rated R for violence, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Suburbicon See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,840,246, 29 October 2017

Gross USA:

$5,775,178
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Received a "D-" CinemaScore. See more »

Goofs

When Hightower visits Gardner in his office he is addressed wrongly as 'Lieutenant' multiple times although his Captain's bars are clearly visible and he was addressed with his correct rank in their first encounter earlier in the movie. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: [as story book pages are turned] Welcome to Suburbicon, a town of great wonder and excitement. Founded in 1947, Suburbicon was built with the promise of prosperity for all. And in only 12 short years, it has grown from a few small homes to a living, breathing community with all the conveniences of the big city without all the noise or the traffic. And now, with nearly 60,000 residents, they enjoy their own schools, a fire department, and a police department. There's a shopping mall....
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Crazy Credits

At the opening of the film, the movie title is shown on the cover of a book describing life in the town, which becomes animated. See more »

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Referenced in The Happytime Murders (2018) See more »

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Am I Blue?
Written by Grant Clarke and Harry Akst
Published by M. Wittmark & Sons, EMI Music Publishing Ltd
Performed by Urbie Green Quintet
Courtesy of MCA Records Inc.
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd
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This Was Just Not Good
14 September 2017 | by trublu215See all my reviews

I'm a huge fan of the Coen Brothers. To me, cinema doesn't get much better than No Country for Old Men or Burn After Reading or Raising Arizona...you get the idea. So when I heard that George Clooney was directing their next original script, naturally I couldn't wait to see it. Fast track a year and a half later and here we are. Clooney proved to me that it takes much more than a Coen Bros script to make it a Coen Bros film. Suburbicon is one of the few films that will come about where the talent attached to the project is so overwhelming and plentiful but the final product is so mediocre and bordering on bad that it leaves you scratching your head.

The film is very beautiful to start off. The cinematography is very crisp and extremely colorful which makes the setting of the 50s suburbs seemingly pop even more so. The production design and basically anything of a technical aspect is amazingly done here by traditional standards. So why is Suburbicon falling flat? Very simple: Clooney is woefully unqualified to direct a Coen Bros script as are most people. This feels like it was made by someone who watched Fargo and Burn After Reading a dozen times and decided to make this. It feels like it is an imitation and, by the end of the film, that is all it turns out to be. The cast is even really dull despite a fantastic performance from Julianne Moore. Damon can't decide whether to play it funny or serious and that really plays a big part in the violence of the film. It is comically set up but brutally executed. It doesn't feel right at all and it makes for a very tough watch.

Overall, Suburbicon is a film that will probably leave your mind as quickly as it came. It is a very forgettable film. It is a frustrating piece of cinema as well because we will always be left with the thoughts of what could have been. With the level of talent and star power, Suburbicon has no business being as dull and ragged as it is especially because in a technical sense, the film is great. But with Clooney's misguided direction and Matt Damon's very erratic performance, Suburbicon is a miss of the most disappointing fashion.


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