Suburbia (1983)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 31, 1983
DVD Release Date: October 24, 2000
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Nathan Rabin
AV Club

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.

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TV Guide

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

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Scott Weinberg

"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.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

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The film now has a glow of roseate, nostalgic charm -- partly a product of the winning incompetence of most of the performances.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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James Rocchi

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
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… More
Coxxie Mild Sauce
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.
Michael Gildea
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.