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The Suburbans (1999)




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In 1981, alternative pop band The Suburbans had one hit record. Years later, one of the ex-Suburbans gets married, and the four members are reunited at the reception. One of the wedding guests is a young A&R executive who thinks the Surburbans could have another shot at the big time.more
Rating: R (adult situations)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Donal Lardner Ward, Tony Guma
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 29, 2000
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Ben Stiller
as Jay Rose
Jerry Stiller
as Speedo Silverberg
Kurt Loder
as Himself
Willie Garson
as Craig/Sponsor
Lisa Gerstein
as Leslie Gonzalez
Ben Kronen
as Priest
Cleo Adell
as Square Q Girl
Emily Kuroda
as Mrs. Lee Lee
J.J. Abrams
as Rock Journalist
Mary Porster
as Mrs. Farley
Nikki Dion
as Punk Rock Waitress
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Critic Reviews for The Suburbans

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | December 1, 1999
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 21, 2004
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Viewers will understandably expect more than the few weak laughs offered here.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Film Journal International

Painfully laugh-free.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for The Suburbans

It was alright.

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

I always like to put in a "plug" for The Suburbans. It is a movie very few people have heard of. I was one of the few people who have heard of this film. The film was a limited release film in 1999 & was a flop at the box office. I was in Blockbuster Video back in 2000 & decided not to rent it, but I was wrong. The film was considerably better than I originally had thought it would be. I saw it in 2011. The film only got very limited attention, & one has to be at least 30 to understand what the film is getting at about life.

I am a big Jennifer Love Hewitt fan, & I also thought the supporting cast was very good. I always thought the film was well acted on a technical level. The movie is really about how far you go to protect friends, finding true happiness in life, & how far you go to pursue a pipe dream. I really believe a lot of this plot is over the heads of the 18-25 crowd. The movie is filled with dry humor about life & mid-life crisis jokes along with disgust of one's life in the form of cynical humor. The film was also released in 1999 which in my view was a very strong year for movies, & the film was thus in the shadow of some really great movies that year.

The plot is about a 1980's rock band that was a 1 hit wonder trying to make a comeback in the late-1990's. They really only make a comeback due to the crush Hewitt's character has on one of the band members. They really got lucky back in 1981 & have limited talent. The film explores this & their ascent into stardom, then their descent into destruction & then back again. I have a dry sense of humor so I found the film very funny & entertaining. I also could relate to it due to what I have gone through in life in politics & other things. The film is really about finding one's own view of happiness & how luck can determine major aspects of our life. If you really like the actors that are in it, & you like the 1980's you will probably like this film. A lot of good music here also. Everything you have heard about this film is wrong. Hewitt, Bierko, Ferrell, & Brenneman are very good here. I actually thought this was film was better than some of the other stuff that JL Hewitt did in recent years. Do not miss it.

David Bocek

not a awful filmk, but not the best either, could have been alot better and funnier..ben stiller!! what were you thinking!

andy richardson

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