Suburbia

Suburbia

DVD - 1983
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Evan and his brother leave their broken home in an attempt to escape their alcoholic mother.
Audience: OFRB rating: AA.
Publisher: Los Angeles : Shout! Factory, 1983.
ISBN: 9781603993982
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Subur
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (95 min.) : digital, sound, colour ; 12 cm.
Language Note: Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

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lukasevansherman
Sep 28, 2014

Not to be confused with Richard Linklater's "SubUrbia," from 1996. An important entry in the burgeoning teen film subgenre of the 80s, the punk film, and the youth gone wild film. Hollywood is never shy about exploiting underground trends, but they were a little slow on the uptake with punk. Along with Alex Cox's "Repo Man," this is maybe the most representative punk film of the 80s (well, "Mad Max" and "Blade Runner" are the best sci-fi punk films). Penelope Spheeris directed the key documentary about the L.A. scene, "The Decline of Western Civilization" (and the hilarious metal follow up), so she is legit. Produced by Roger Corman (it's punksploitation!), this offers a tough, harsh look at a group of outcast punk kids who run away from home, live in a condemned house, steal, and bond through punk music. There are performances by T.S.O.L., The Vandals, and D.I. Look for a pre-Chili Pepper Flea as one of the punks. Spheeris would go on to direct "Wayne's World" and "Black Sheep" in the 90s. Also see "Over the Edge," "Valley Girl," and, from the UK, "Quadrophenia" and "Jubilee."

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