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 young patriarch, Gardner Lodge, and his family start catching a few disturbing glimpses of the once-welcoming neighbourhood's dark underbelly--seemingly random acts of unprecedented violence paired with a gruesome death will blemish, irreparably, Suburbicon's picture-perfect facade. Who would have thought that darkness resides even in Paradise?Written by
George Clooney screened this film for famed television writer/producer Norman Lear, no stranger to projects tackling explosive or controversial themes like his series All in the Family (1971). After viewing the movie, Lear told Clooney "This is the angriest film I've ever seen." See more »
In the introduction, Suburbicon is described as having a shopping mall. In the 1950s, they were called "shopping centers." The use of the British term "mall" in this sense did not begin to take hold in America until the mid-60s.
The term Mall is only really used in North America and is not a British term. Malls are called shopping centres or shopping precincts in Britain. See more »
[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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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 »
An Enjoyable Movie Unless You Look For Hidden Reasons to Hate Everything
This movie is right in line with other dark comedies by the Coen brothers and a great addition to an outstanding resume. It is sure to delight fans of their previous work, so why the unusually low rating? After skimming the reviews of those who gave it a low-rating, it became obvious they did not really have criticisms of the movie per se, but rather just kept saying it was too "liberal" while being unable to explain what exactly was liberal about it. I did not find the movie to be political one bit, but it seems right-wingers desperately search for any reason to whine about movies and boycott them. Crybaby conservatives are triggered verrrrrry easily.
In this case, it appears they were angry that this movie is set in a neighborhood of white supremacists who are angry that a black family moved into the neighborhood. Needless to say, this is a fictitious movie with fictitious characters so it shouldn't bother anyone, yet conservatives, specifically the biggest racists, like to ironically pretend racism does not and has never existed, so they freak out and throw a tantrum whenever someone points out racism or portrays it in a work of art.
I almost feel bad for conservatives because they are incapable of enjoying much of anything nowadays. They boycotted Wonder Woman because they claimed the main actor wasn't American enough for the role, then they boycotted Star Wars because neither a black man or woman should be allowed to be a Jedi. Now they are boycotting Suburbicon, which I suppose is because the black family isn't savagely murdered and that left them disappointed. Basically anything that doesn't display white men as superior to minorities and dominant over what they perceive as their female servants is off limits and triggers an emotional response that makes them throw a tantrum and shout "boycott!"
While racism certainly did and does exist, that isn't a reason to like or dislike this movie because it's not supposed to be a documentary of racism; it just happens to be set in an over-the-top neighborhood of racists which is the kind of satire the Coen brothers are known for. Ultimately, if you're not a radical right-winger/white supremacist, and if you're a fan of the previous work by the Coen brothers or dark comedies in general, you will like this movie. Enjoy it for what it is: a non-political, fun, amusing, fictitious movie, and don't get caught in searching for political drama that has nothing to do with this movie.
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