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Release Date: February 07, 1997

Starring: Jayce Bartok, Amie Carey,
Nicky Katt, Ajay Naidu, Parker
Posey, Giovanni Ribishi , Dina
Spybey, Steve Zah , & Samia

Genre: Drama



Runtime: 118 minutes

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Director: Richard Linklater

Executive Producer:

Producer: Anne Walker-McBaym EXECUTIVE
PRODUCER: John Sloss

Writer: Eric Bogosian BASED ON THE
PLAY "subUrbia" BY: Eric

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(Pa, LLL, V, S, NN, A, D, M) Pagan worldview with nihilistic viewpoints; strong language including 102 obscenities, 53 vulgarities & 15 profanities; verbal violent outbursts involving threats with guns & harassment of store owner; 2 implied sexual situations, lewd talk & rude gestures; 1 scene of full male nudity; alcohol abuse & drunkenness; cigarette smoking; and, miscellaneous immorality including racial slurs, loitering & trespassing


SUBURBIA is a highly articulate film about a group of children making the difficult transition from youth to adulthood. As they loiter in their favorite hangout at an all-night convenience store, abuse its owner and his property, they await the arrival of an old school buddy who has made it big-time as a rock star. His appearance will heighten and explode the building tensions in these youth. A parallel to the earlier film KIDS by Larry Clark, SUBURBIA is not quite so ugly, but nonetheless, it is full of despair includes a distinct absence of moral and spiritual grounding.


Adapted from a play of the same name, SUBURBIA is about a group of lost children trying to make the transformation from youth to adulthood. Directed by the highly talented Richard Linklater , the story takes place in Burnfield , where the children hang out at their favorite haunt: a 24-hour convenience store run by a Pakistani couple. They trespass, loiter, litter, and abuse the hard-working immigrant owners who are trying to build the American dream. Meanwhile, they wait for the appearance of an old school buddy who has made it as a big time as a rock star. His success becomes both a source of envy and animosity, and triggers dangerous tensions already building in their lives. At the end of the night, lives have been dramatically changed and internal demons confronted.

The play had a successful in run in New York, and its film version seems destined for similar success. Well-acted, SUBURBIA torments and teases with its sharp and sensitive portrayals of its characters adrift in suburban suffocation. The children doom themselves by turning ultimately against each other. SUBURBIA is a film to avoid. Like its predecessor KIDS, these youths are drowning in a spiritual vacuum. While SUBURBIA is a more palatable movie, it is nevertheless, spiritually negativity.

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