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An examination of the nature of modern suburbia.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Jeffery ... Nick Moss
Bob Legare ... Evan Moss
Jane MacFarlane Jane MacFarlane ... Anne Moss
Ashleigh Fidyk Ashleigh Fidyk ... Jennifer Moss
Curt McKinstry Curt McKinstry ... Ken (as Curt McKinistry)
Karen Planden Karen Planden ... Karen (as Karen Jeffery)
Mikeala Jeffrey Mikeala Jeffrey ... Nicole (as Michaela Jeffery)
Amanda Friesen ... Tina (as Amanda Guenther)
Hong Cheng Hong Cheng ... Hong
Kyle Grant Kyle Grant ... Kyle
Austin Penny Austin Penny ... Austin
Cayla Wolever Cayla Wolever ... Terry
Aaron Elekes Aaron Elekes ... Himself
Delphine Brooker Delphine Brooker ... Play Director
Stirling Karlsen Stirling Karlsen ... Play Actor


Since the end of World War II, one of kind of urban residential development has dominate how cities in North America have grown, the suburbs. In these artificial neighborhoods, there is a sense of careless sprawl in an car dominated culture that ineffectually tries to create the more organically grown older communities. Interspersed with the comments of various experts about the nature of suburbia, we follow the lives of various inhabitants of this pervasive urban sprawl and hear their thoughts. However at the end, there is a twist that plays on the falseness of the world in they live. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Release Date:

30 May 2007 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


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Opening Weekend USA:

$8,608, 8 April 2007, Limited Release
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1.85 : 1
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James Howard Kunstler: Eighty percent of everything ever built in North America has been built in the last 50 years. And most of it is brutal, ugly, depressing, unhealthy, and spiritually degrading.
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A documentary with slight of hand
18 June 2008 | by Gethin Van HaanrathSee all my reviews

I figured this would be a run of the mill documentary with lots of talking heads, stock news reel footage and a point of view that's negative at first but ends with a positive outlook. I was right for the most part. The movie follows a "typical" suburban family who move out to the suburbs and do everything that everyone else is doing in the suburbs. It's an interesting fly-on-the-wall examination of life in the suburbs.

Then there's the "twist" and it definitely knocks the movie down a notch or two. What's the point? The explanation is that the filmmaker thought no one would want to watch a straight film about the suburbs and a family. He's wrong. Basically he underestimates his audience and gives us a bogus epilogue. I've seen a lot more dry topics like genetically modified food in "The Future Of Food" done without relying on the technique of fictional elements. I think it's a poor slight of hand. I recommend the movie for the interviews with real experts but I think the fictional parts don't belong in the movie. It also confuses some people and leads them to believe the experts are also actors.

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