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Suburbia(1983)

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  • suburbia

    • kevin sellers
    • 11/20/14

    An unvarnished look at the punk rock scene, made on a shoestring by director Penelope Spheeris, and it shows. Like many low budget films from talented directors it's a double edged sword. There are scenes of raw power that have not been studio-ized, like the punk club scenes, with their sudden, inexplicable violence and general air of end of the world chaos, as well as the "garage raids" the punkers go on for food, and a tense scene of the alienated youths dropping in on a suburban flea market, sorta like "Clockwork Orange" meets Mary Tyler Moore. Also, in the infrequent moments when the film quiets down, there are some affecting scenes of the rejected kids actually trying to make a home for themselves in an abandoned house, one couple even going to the extent of having a normal, heterosexual relationship! Also, there are some interesting quirks in the film, like the punkers aversion to the drug culture of the Hippies that preceded theirs, as well as the rather benign view of the police. The big downside to low budget films is the general absence of acting talent, which is glaringly evident here. There are simply too many scenes that are delivered in monotone, such as you get in porno films, and one has the sense that this delivery is not because the characters are supposed to be zombies, since clearly zombies would not fight back against the system like these kids do, but is the result of crappy acting. For which Ms. Spheeris must shoulder a fair amount of the blame. Let's give it a B minus.

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    • Independent Outlet
    • 8/23/14

    Forget about the storyline. I remember seeing this back in the day and this movie displays the feeling we had better than anything. Nice and slow and funny and punk as fuck!

  • oi

    • kathy and adrian
    • 12/15/07

    chingon!

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