Suburbia
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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 known as The Wild Side and Rebel Streets, and should not be confused with the 1996 Richard… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"Although hardly believable, the story is effective, making its rather unwholesome characters sympathetic."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
""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."
‑ Scott Weinberg, DVDTalk.com
"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."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Its sincere sympathy for the runaway kids is what elevates this standard rebellious teen flick above many others in this genre."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The film now has a glow of roseate, nostalgic charm -- partly a product of the winning incompetence of most of the performances."
‑ , Film4
"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."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Gritty Los Angeles punk-rock chronicle is ugly, raw and realistic."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
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