Suburbicon

Suburbicon

DVD - 2018
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The small, idyllic town of Suburbicon is the perfect place for Gardner Lodge to make a home. But beneath this tranquil surface lies a disturbing reality, where nothing is as it seems. When a break-in leads to the shocking murder of his wife, Gardner must navigate the town's underbelly of deceit and violence to protect his family from further harm.
Publisher: Hollywood, California : Paramount, [2018]
Edition: Widescreen version
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1
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digital,optical,Dolby digital 5.1
1 videodisc (104 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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Very dark take on American suburbia. Not what you what expect from the normally sunny liberal triumphalism of George Clooney. The Coen Bros. had a lot to do with it no doubt. Behind the white picket fence and the perfect lawns are murder, mayhem and the Dixie battle flag.

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robec
Jul 10, 2018

Yeah, I liked the colors but I really didn't care for the movie. I found it slow in the beginning and overall did not find this movie entertaining.

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21221018293347
Jul 07, 2018

A look at racism in the 1950's. In a new, ideal suburb, a black family moves in, next door to Gardner's family. The community is up in arms that a black family could move into their suburb. While the community holds meeting, and protests, and taunting slurs and slinging abuse at the black family, next door is Gardner and his family who are busy trying to deal with debt collectors. It is confusing at first as to which twin is Gardner's wife. Slowly, you begin to realize that Gardner is in debt to the mob and has been trying to claim insurance money on his wife's life (an automobile accident which left her in a wheelchair). While the mob is trying to collect on his debt, Gardner's wife dies leaving the opportunity for the mob to collect their money out of the insurance proceeds. The whole thing snowballs; one small time collector or blackmailer after another is trying to collect on Gardner's upcoming windfall. Meanwhile, the son is probably the only 'normal' person. He is old enough to understand what is going on and is horrified at his father's behaviour.

Meanwhile, the black family who has moved in next door is blamed for everything that goes wrong; look how the neighbourhood has changed since they moved in.

Great and realistic period piece; music, furnishings, family roles.

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greatflicks
Jul 05, 2018

Had an interesting plot that took a few moments to catch on what was really happening. The director could have done a better job in all aspects.

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amanoletters99
Jun 24, 2018

I had great hopes for another Coen Brother's classic, but this one doesn't work. I spent most of the film confused, trying to piece together the vague storylines. There's no flow to this story and it's missing one crucial element; an antagonist. You can better spend your time enjoying, A Serious Man, which is excellent. Sorry George Clooney, maybe next time?

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jtcampbel47
May 24, 2018

Interesting comment on race relations in the US during the 50"s, with a funny back story as well! Kudos to director Clooney

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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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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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