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
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 »
Margaret turns off the TV using a Zenith Flash-Matic, the first wireless TV remote control. It was basically a flashlight with a very narrow beam. You aimed it and one of the four corners of the TV console to trigger a function. The TV turns off when she hits the lower right corner. This corner is for the mute volume function, not power off. 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 »
I'm very thankful I somehow avoided the many negative reviews from both users and film critics for this one before committing to seeing the film this morning. All I knew was Clooney directed it, Matt Damon starred in it, and it was probably a dark comedy about a murder investigation. But it's so much more than that. Like Get Out, this is a perfect little indictment of the #MAGA hats, only this one aims for the MAGAs content with selling out their democracy... as long as they get to pin all of their own faults on non-whites.
I've heard critics call it a mess because of the way it mixes genres but that's entirely by design. It felt very much like the stuff David Lynch does mixing genres just with less pubic hair and vomit. It's audacious. It's not an empty film where a bunch of liberals are up there farting around getting paid. I think many people will hate it because they walk out thinking they should have laughed more.
There is a specific scene which I won't give away that is the perfect moment to recalibrate a viewer's expectations. It's the one which left my jaw on the floor and made me confident I was in a secure artist's hands. It's the least funny scene in the film but one in which I agreed to surrender to the many laughs and shocks that followed.
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