Suburbia (1983)

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Misanthropic punk rockers take over an LA suburb slated for demolition and try to form a family of sorts in this interesting drama. Unfortunately, the remaining neighbors do not want fringe people living near them and organize a redneck gang of vigilantes to chase the punks away, but the punks are more clever than they look and soon begin retaliating in interesting ways.
Rating:
R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre:
Drama
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Studio:
New Concorde Home Entertainment

Cast

Chris Pederson
as Jack Diddley
Bill Coyne
as Evan Johnson
Jennifer Clay
as Sheila
Michael Bayer
as Razzle
Andrew Pece
as Ethan
Wade Walston
as Joe Schmo
Dee Waldron
as De Generate
Maggie Ehrig
as Mattie
Robert Peyton
as Jim Triplett
Jeff Prettyman
as Bob Skokes
Donald V. Allen
as Officer Rennard
Joe Battenberg
as Officer Bates
John McCormack
as Bouncer
Gavin Courtney
as Joe's Father
Robert A. Van Senus
as Joe's Father's Friend
Larry Wiley
as Camper Buyer
Marlena Brause
as Mrs. Triplett
Ron Hugo
as Pastor Farrell
Barbara Doyle
as Heatherton Ave. Woman
Arvid Blomberg
as Procedures Man
Jerry Madison
as Mr. Dawson
Barbara Benham
as Mrs. Martin
James Harrison
as Repaint Store Man
Ray Lawrence
as Elderly Man
Gil Christner
as Store Manager
J. Dinan Myrtetus
as Sheila's Father
Ricky Jewitt
as Elderly Man's Wife
Irene Latter
as Sheila's Mother
Flea
as Razzle
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Critic Reviews for Suburbia

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

It still shows enormous empathy and sensitivity in capturing the angst and alienation of American youth, making it seem both rooted in a specific time and place and strangely timeless.

Full Review… | June 9, 2014
AV Club
Top Critic

A justifiably angry film, fast and full of violent action, though there's plenty of humour too; and the lack of originality is amply compensated for by its manifest sincerity.

Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Penelope Spheeris's Suburbia is a clear- eyed, compassionate melodrama about a bunch of young dropouts who call themselves ''The Rejected'' or, for short, the TR's.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Although hardly believable, the story is effective, making its rather unwholesome characters sympathetic.

Full Review… | June 9, 2014
TV Guide

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

Full Review… | December 20, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.

Full Review… | February 9, 2007
EmanuelLevy.Com

Audience Reviews for Suburbia

½

I actually went into this one not realizing it isn't the Richard Linklater film of the same name from the '90s, so that was a bit of a surprise, but otherwise, I really enjoyed this. Penepolope Spheeris' look at a bunch of disenfranchised youth squatting in an abandoned suburban development is quite compelling, with a bunch of punks building their own family unit after their birth families let them down. Good stuff, well worth a rental.

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

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.

Aj V
Aj V

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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.

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