Suburbicon

Suburbicon

DVD - 2018
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A peaceful, idyllic suburban community with affordable homes and manicured lawns, the perfect place to raise a family, and in the summer of 1959, the Lodge family is doing just that. The tranquil surface masks a disturbing reality, as husband and father Gardner Lodge must navigate the town's dark underbelly of betrayal, deceit, and violence. This is a tale of very flawed people making very bad choices.

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jaketaz777
May 23, 2018

Just silly funny, and way too violent!

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hecto
May 18, 2018

A black comedy that the Coen brothers scripted for George Clooney along the lines of 'Fargo'. Lots of gags and visual cues, including a reference to 'Blood Simple', plus gorgeous Douglas Sirk colours and 1950s décor (look for the supermarket exterior). The principals are spot on (hard not to be in this one), Oscar Issacs provides a neat cameo, and Alexandre Desplats has a ball conjuring up 'suspenseful' Hitchcockian music à la Bernard Hermann. Everybody obviously had fun making this film, but the result strikes you as more self-indulgent than funny. The purpose of the racial prejudice sub-plot is obvious, but it does not integrate well into the main drama. Watchable nevertheless.

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samjenks
Apr 17, 2018

WEIRD! Setting is the 1960's or 50's and while a family of Color is going through racial bigotry
a man one block over thinks nothing of having his wife killed and warns his son, he next.

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andreajesse
Apr 12, 2018

This is a fun, dark ride. It has the Coen Brothers written all over it. Matt Damon really carries the film with his deadpan delivery of a man looking composed, but crumbling under the weight of a catastrophe of his own making. The violence is over the top, but, I think, George Clooney didn't take it as far into the darkness as the Coens themselves would have. The bucolic 1950s are beautifully embodied in Julianne Moore just like they were in 'Far from Heaven' (2002) - Todd Haynes' homage to Douglas Sirk. The 10-year age gap between Julianne and Matt is somewhat of a distraction. I love her, but a woman in her late 50s is unlikely to be the mother of a young boy. Oscar Isaac is great, as always. The only trouble - he did not have enough screen time. There is a side story of racial prejudice that didn't quite make it to fruition for me.

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hammer59
Apr 03, 2018

Sardonic and clever. Worth a watch.

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alfieturuk
Apr 01, 2018

WOW, this is bad bad bad people, yea, I am speechless, all I can say is this is bad bad bad!!!!!

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maipenrai
Mar 23, 2018

WHAT A DISASTER!! The Coen Brothers developed a script - in certain scenes you can detect their bizarre genius, but this film never captures the brilliance of "Fargo". Then George Clooney took over ( a huge waste of talent here ) and the resultant script and direction are a bloody mess - literally and figuratively. The film telegraphs the wife's demise and the reasons why. Matt Damon and Julianne Moore ( did I mention this film is a waste of great talent???? ) run the gamut of emotions from A to B ( Dorothy Parker ). Could their performances possibly have been more deadpan? The only white characters with any personality at all are uncle Mitch and the Lodge's son Nicky. The little boy's terror as he works out the plot of his father and aunt is devastating. NO HUMOR HERE FOLKS. When a father asks his son whether he should call the police or kill the boy, nothing about this is redeeming. Then into the mix arrives a family of color in idyllic Suburbicon. There is a message here, but it is delivered with such a heavy hand that it becomes a parody of racism not a parable. This film could not decide what story it wanted to tell and handicapped most of its actors with so little emotion that you could have been watching a film on bread baking. This film would not be so horrible if lesser minds had been at work. Avoid this film completely. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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Vrouk
Mar 21, 2018

The trailer made it seem like a dark comedy, but it's not funny and it's just bland. I do think it spends all of its time on style and none on substance. It might be one of the worst scripts in recent memory. It has a lot of talent around the project, but it is just a complete trainwreck of a movie.

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Rag886
Mar 20, 2018

I don't get it.

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KennyBania
Mar 09, 2018

Crazee, ridiculously funny & wonderfully odd.

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AMerr22
Nov 23, 2017

Sexual Content: A sexual scene, no nudity is shown though.

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AMerr22
Nov 23, 2017

Violence: Some violence and bloody images.

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jimg2000
Feb 23, 2018

The people of Suburbicon hail from all corners of this great nation. A melting pot of diversity from cities as far away as... New York!
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We defy the supporters of Mr. Mayers to say our fears are groundless. We favor racial integration, but only at such time the negro shows he's ready for it. They don't seek to better themselves. This community has come too far to move backwards. We demand our civil rights to live where we want and with whom we want, and, with god's help, we will overcome!
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Go back to where you came from!
Get the hell out of here!
Go back to where you came from!
Get the hell out of here!
Go back to where you came from!
Get the hell out of here! ...

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jimg2000
Feb 23, 2018

You have to make decisions. Decisions like what's best for the family. Who's being helpful. Who's a liability.
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Yes, it all boils down to one word, coincidence. That happens in the opera a lot.
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The whole trouble with this integration business is that, in the end, it probably will end up with mixing socially. And you will have... Well, I think their aim is mixed marriages and becoming equal with the whites. But the only way they're gonna do that is by education and by bettering themselves, not by pushing in the way they have here.
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Thank god it wasn't the Schvartzes that just moved in.
-Excuse me?
Isn't that what you Jews call 'em? Schvartzes?
-I'm an Episcopalian.
Really? I thought you were Jewish.
-Why?
Because of your last name.
-Lodge?
Sounded Jewish.
-I'm an Episcopalian.

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