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Drama - Crime

Suburbicon (2017)

Duration 1h 45m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story An original screenplay
Writers/Script Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, George Clooney, Grant Heslov
Additional Info This originally written by the Coens in 1986 shortly after “Blood Simple”, and steps taken to film it starring George Clooney in 2005.
Director George Clooney
Starring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Glenn Fleshler, Oscar Isaac
Elevator Pitch In the 1959 “new town” of Suburbicon a family consisiting of an executive, his wife (in a wheel chair) , twin sister and his son are held in their living room by a couple of robbers. They are cloriformed and the wife dies of the effects. Over time it becomes evident that things are not as straightforward as they seem. Meanwhile a black family move in over the fence causing riots in an otherwise quiet community.
Content A lot of 1950s setting of the scene, with cars, advertising and much else. Interaction between the executive and his wife’s sister. Scenes in 1950s offices with typewriters, intercoms and period telephones. Various events from the point of view of the child, including some violence and inplied sex. No nudity, excessive drinking, drugs or actual sex.
A View The critics have complained that there are two stories in this script which really don’t even go together, and we agree. One is a sort of black comedy in the style of “Fargo” and the other – well we don’t really know what it is, except for a comment on the status of black people in the 1950s. It has absolutely bombed in the cinema, so if you fancy it at all, it might be better to wait until you can watch it for nothing or very little.

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