Suburbia (1983) - Rotten Tomatoes

Suburbia (1983)




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Misanthropic punk rockers take over an LA suburb slated for demolition and try to form a family of sorts in this interesting drama. Unfortunately, the remaining neighbors do not want fringe people living near them and organize a redneck gang of vigilantes to chase the punks away, but the punks are more clever than they look and soon begin retaliating in interesting ways.

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Chris Pederson
as Jack Diddley
Bill Coyne
as Evan Johnson
Wade Walston
as Joe Schmo
Dee Waldron
as De Generate
Robert Peyton
as Jim Triplett
Jeff Prettyman
as Bob Skokes
Donald V. Allen
as Officer Rennard
Joe Battenberg
as Officer Bates
Gavin Courtney
as Joe's Father
Robert A. Van Senus
as Joe's Father's Friend
Larry Wiley
as Camper Buyer
Marlena Brause
as Mrs. Triplett
Ron Hugo
as Pastor Farrell
Barbara Doyle
as Heatherton Ave. Woman
Arvid Blomberg
as Procedures Man
Jerry Madison
as Mr. Dawson
Barbara Benham
as Mrs. Martin
James Harrison
as Repaint Store Man
Ray Lawrence
as Elderly Man
Gil Christner
as Store Manager
J. Dinan Myrtetus
as Sheila's Father
Ricky Jewitt
as Elderly Man's Wife
Irene Latter
as Sheila's Mother
as Razzle
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Critic Reviews for Suburbia

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4)

All the kids in the squat - literally branded with the initials TR (for 'The Rejected') - come from broken homes, and are forming their own unruly family together on the edge not just of town but of all their decade's ideological bromides.

September 6, 2021 | Full Review…

It still shows enormous empathy and sensitivity in capturing the angst and alienation of American youth, making it seem both rooted in a specific time and place and strangely timeless.

June 9, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A justifiably angry film, fast and full of violent action, though there's plenty of humour too; and the lack of originality is amply compensated for by its manifest sincerity.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…

Penelope Spheeris's Suburbia is a clear- eyed, compassionate melodrama about a bunch of young dropouts who call themselves ''The Rejected'' or, for short, the TR's.

May 20, 2003

...lives up to a reputation as a cult classic that offers something unique and engrossing...

September 8, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Spheeris' empathy and lack of judgment allow her to conform to the pace of the world she's entered, as opposed to trying to corral it into her own.

February 12, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Suburbia

A beautiful, mostly realistic, very gritty and dark, drama of outcast teenage life in Southern California in the 80s. It all feels very real, but it's not a boring drama at all. The characters and simple story are presented perfectly. The movie makes you cry sometimes, laugh other times, feel for the characters, identify with them, and there are some real fun scenes too. The music is wonderful too, the club scenes were some of my favorites in the movie. Spheeris doesn't hold back much from the realism, although you can imagine things being much worse for the characters at times. This movie has both grit and heart. I suppose it's like a gritty dirty heart that you just want to love and cherish. Great cult film, watch it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

This is my three sentence review of Suburbia. Flea is the most skilled actor in Suburbia. Thanks for reading my three sentence review of Suburbia.

Coxxie Mild Sauce
Coxxie Mild Sauce

Super Reviewer


Awesome, awesome movie. I love the part where they throw the glass bottle at the bus and say, "I hate buses." I don't know why, but I love it.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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