Suburbia 1997 R CC

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(63) IMDb 6.7/10
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A group of twenty-somethings hang out at a local convenience store complaining the night away, until the arrival of an old classmate, now a rock star.

Starring:
Parker Posey, Nicky Katt
Runtime:
2 hours 2 minutes

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Suburbia

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Richard Linklater
Starring Parker Posey, Nicky Katt
Supporting actors Nicky Katt, Ajay Naidu, Parker Posey, Giovanni Ribisi, Samia Shoaib, Dina Waters, Steve Zahn, Kitt Brophy, Jonn Cherico, Keith Preusse, Eric Park, William Martin Hayes, Bill Wise, M.J. Lin, Peter Atherton, Prebble Q. Ramswell, Ryan Wickerham
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Every time this movie cane on I had to watch it.
Bruce
It depicted a certain lifestyle well, showing the "suberbian" ways of life of a particular teenage culture.
Karim A. Abouseda
The hate, the confusion, I can sit down and watch them and feel exactly what they feel.
"fertilegoat"

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By man_invisible on November 5, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
"subUrbia" is one of the most accurate films I've seen depicting the life and language of modern twentysomethings. It's filled with articulate (read: not stupid) dialogue, uncomfortable (and sometimes hilarious) confrontations, and characters that are both affecting and irritating, probably because they're so similar to ourselves.
There's not much plot, but what little there is has to do with a gaggle of slackers hanging out at a convenience store late one night, waiting for a rock star friend who's "made it" to drop by after a show. Well, needless to say, emotions flair and attitudes run wild, but more genuinely than in other movies targeting nihilistic kids. As "subUrbia" progresses and the rock star's REAL intentions become clear (he wants to steal one of the slacker's girlfriends), the movie turns into a fuzzy metaphor for the classic rock star sellout, and how friends and relationships can be bought just as easily when you have power, money, or a limousine.
It took me a while to get into the movie, but once I did it really took a hold of me, and reminded me of "The Breakfast Club" in that the characters were puzzles waiting to be put together, seeking completion but always meeting with dissatisfaction. Indeed, everyone here has an err of mystery about them, never revealing their full self, always leaving something hanging.
The performances are excellent, especially Giovanni Ribisi's Jeff, who is angry, outspoken, and down-to-earth. Also worth noting is Nicky Katt's drunken ex-marine who seems resentful toward everyone around him, but also possesses the most life experience out of all the characters. And there's so many others worth noting...
In short, this is to the real world what TBC was to high school. I highly recommend it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 26, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Ironically, director Richard Linklater claims he deeply identified with writer Eric Bogosian's play turned movie "Suburbia". Ironic because Linklater and Bogosian have such conflicting views about this generation. While Linklater's philosophy leans towards cheering on the young anarchists who reject the repressive society in which they live, Bogosian's seems to be saying that the "slackers" of the world are doomed to suffer unless they join the working class. Because this is written by Bogosian and not Linklater, Bogosian's point-of-view ultimately comes out in the end. The setting of this story, taking place mostly at a convenience store parking lot in the uneventful town of Burnfield, USA, depicts the feeling of these young twenty-somethings who are going nowhere and they are well aware of it. The philosopher of the group, Jeff, well played by Giovani Ribisi, reflects this view when he says "Fifty years from now, we'll all be dead and there will be new people standing here. And no one will know we were ever here." It's this identification with many twenty-somethings' feelings that life in this fast-food world is so futile, that I think attracted Linklater. But ultimately, we are not meant to agree with these characters. Jeff hangs out with his drunken going nowhere friends who harrass the Pakistani store owner who is working on finishing his engineering degree and selling the store, leaving Burnfield behind. This store owner is ultimately the only character we are supposed to sympathise with because he is the only one who seems smart enough to know what he wants. Seemingly, Bogosian doesn't have much sympathy for these kids who feel lost and confused.Read more ›
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Killian HALL OF FAME on November 9, 2006
Format: VHS Tape
People say, why isn't SONG OF THE SOUTH on DVD, well, I say, why isn't Richard Linklater's SubURBIA on DVD? His brilliant study of disaffected twenty year olds longing for success in the parking lot of a 7-11 knockoff made his previous films SLACKER and DAZED AND CONFUSED look like variety show skits, and yet so many of us have never gotten a chance to see this movie. They say that Disney is wary of releasing SONG OF THE SOUTH because of its patronizing use of black actors to embody racial stereotypes (happy slaves, etc). Same is true with SUBURBIA which has some nasty racial stereotypes at the Chinese restaurant to which some of the characters repair while hungry.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Keith A. Jones on June 11, 2006
Format: VHS Tape
I can never ever catch Suburbia at a decent time, every time I see it it's when I'm pulling an all nighter on some work and HBO just feels like putting it on at 1am. Maybe Suburbia is not as good of a movie I think it is but my insomnia makes it 20 times funnier than it is. This movie shows some of the problems suburban kids go through like having to deal with a guy from high school that went on to do better than you coming back. Then he makes your life seem as small as the 7-11 you stand in front of most of the day. Plus going around for an entire night thinking you killed a girl only to find out that she just passed out. Suburbia makes lives little problems a joke even if they didn't intend for the movie to be funny it is.

It's basically about a bunch of kids in there late teens walking around doing and saying the craziest and dumbest things and all because they have nowhere to go and nothing to do. Giovanni's character has to be my favorite, he's always nervous and complaining about dumb things, but even worse for him he finds out that his girlfriend might be leaving him for the kid from school that became a star. I love this movie because even though its conflicts seem little it shows that those little things can drive you crazy. As boring as the concept may sound the actors boost the comedy up so I say it's about time to give this movie a DVD.
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