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SubUrbia (1996)

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A group of suburban teenagers try to support each other through the difficult task of becoming adults.

Director:

Richard Linklater

Writers:

Eric Bogosian (play), Eric Bogosian (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jayce Bartok ... Pony
Amie Carey ... Sooze
Nicky Katt ... Tim
Ajay Naidu ... Nazeer Choudhury
Parker Posey ... Erica
Giovanni Ribisi ... Jeff
Samia Shoaib Samia Shoaib ... Pakeesa Choudhury
Dina Spybey-Waters ... Bee-Bee (as Dina Spybey)
Steve Zahn ... Buff
Kitt Brophy Kitt Brophy ... Sooze's Mom
Jonn Cherico ... Shopping Channel Host
Keith Preusse Keith Preusse ... Officer Chip
Eric Park Eric Park ... Officer Gary
William Martin Hayes William Martin Hayes ... Scuff
Bill Wise ... George the Limo Driver
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Storyline

Five young losers spend their days and nights wasting their lives away, hanging out in parking lots and occasionally mentioning that they might want to make something of themselves... someday. On this particular night, they are visited by an old high school friend who has escaped their suburban town to become a pop star. Written by Andy Bogursky <bogursky@erols.com>

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for strong language including sex and drug references, teen drinking and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 July 1997 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

subUrbi@ See more »

Filming Locations:

Taylor, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$69,365, 9 February 1997

Gross USA:

$656,747

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$656,747
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sonic Youth wrote "Sunday" for this film in 1996. A re-recorded version of this song appears on their 1998 album "A Thousand Leaves." See more »

Quotes

Jeff: It would suck if you had to go back to rehab.
Bee-Bee: Yeah, it would suck big time. I'd kill myself first.
Jeff: It was pretty bad, huh?
Bee-Bee: It was like hell. With windows.
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Crazy Credits

Filmed entirely on location in Burnfield, USA (Burnfield was the fictional city.) See more »

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Unheard Music
Written by Exene Cervenka and John Doe
Performed by Elastica with Stephen Malkmus
Courtesy of DGC Records
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Dead-on accurate
22 October 1998 | by ScoopySee all my reviews

Linklater is treading in some of his familiar water ... one night in the night of a group of adolescents dealing with that difficult period at the end of high school, when one stops being what one must be and starts being what one chooses to be.

This film is not "Dazed and Confused", however, except that the two films share a spot-on accurate portrayal of familiar American characters. This movie is darker, preachier, deeper.

This time, instead of the rituals of the last night of high school, the film centers around the return of a former crony who has made it really big as a rock star. He's their friend, and the nicest guy in the world - just a former geek who struck it big and realizes how lucky he is - nobody could hate him.

And yet some do. Some hate him because he is a winner in the roll of the dice, and several of the gang are on their way toward becoming losers, and they know it. Their life consists of hanging around outside a convenience store.

For all its concern with the accuracy of its portrayals, the film has a curiously innocent denouement. The most simple and naive members of the group end up heading off to look for their dreams, and the cynical and jaded can see that their lives will repeat infinitely in their home town. In a sense, the succcess of the gentle stoned guy injects an almost impossible hopefulness in an otherwise despairing ending. As Graham Greene once wrote, baseless optimism is so much more appalling than despair.

Still, that was the choice of the filmmaker, and it wasn't an unfair one. Sometimes things do work out like that in real life, and this movie is all too close to real life. So close it can make you feel uncomfortable when you see yourself reflected in one character or another.

This and "Dazed" establish Linklater as an outstanding filmmaker with an uncanny eye for real situations and characters. One hopes he will soon realize his great potential with something better than The Newton Boys


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