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Suburbia (1983)


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Release Date: Dec 31, 1983 Wide



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Following up her critically acclaimed documentary The Decline of Western Civilization, Penelope Spheeris made this gritty drama her first feature-film outing. Bill Coyne stars as Evan Johnson, an angst-ridden kid living in L.A., who bands together with a group of other young societal rejects and immerses himself in the mid-'80s punk rock scene. Most of the cast was comprised of actual teenagers off the streets of Los Angeles. Among them is Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea. Suburbia is also



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Its sincere sympathy for the runaway kids is what elevates this standard rebellious teen flick above many others in this genre.

December 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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This drama (aka The Wild Side), the first of Spheeris' two youth movies of the 1980s, concerns angry boys whose rebelliousness in reflected in cutting their hair instead of growing it long; the mood is right, the text is not.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

"I was a good filmmaker ... before I sold out," says Penelope Spheeris on her audio commentary, and it's tough not to appreciate the gal's candor.

January 8, 2006 Full Review Source:

Gritty Los Angeles punk-rock chronicle is ugly, raw and realistic.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix

Audience Reviews for Suburbia

A beautiful, mostly realistic, very gritty and dark, drama of outcast teenage life in Southern California in the 80s. It all feels very real, but it's not a boring drama at all. The characters and simple story are presented perfectly. The movie makes you cry sometimes, laugh other times, feel for the characters, identify with them, and there are some real fun scenes too. The music is wonderful too, the club scenes were some of my favorites in the movie. Spheeris doesn't hold back much from the realism, although you can imagine things being much worse for the characters at times. This movie has both grit and heart. I suppose it's like a gritty dirty heart that you just want to love and cherish. Great cult film, watch it.
March 7, 2013

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This is my three sentence review of Suburbia. Flea is the most skilled actor in Suburbia. Thanks for reading my three sentence review of Suburbia.
August 1, 2011

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Awesome, awesome movie. I love the part where they throw the glass bottle at the bus and say, "I hate buses." I don't know why, but I love it.
December 31, 2006

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    1. Jack: Yeah all contaminated creepy with gross bubbling vines hanging off of dead trees.
    – Submitted by Sam S (20 months ago)
    1. Jack: After a while... wild dogs.
    – Submitted by Sam S (20 months ago)
    1. Jack: I hate buses.
    2. Joe: Later days.
    – Submitted by Michelle M (2 years ago)
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