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Suburbia

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SubUrbia

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
performer:
Jayce Bartok, Nicky Katt, Richard Linklater, Parker Posey, Giovanni Ribisi, Steve Zahn
director:
Richard Linklater
author:
Eric Bogosian
genre:
Comedy

We gave it a B-

Indie director Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused) and Off Broadway writer-performer Eric Bogosian (Talk Radio) join forces in this adaptation of Bogosian’s 1994 play, SubUrbia. Set in and around the parking lot of a 24-hour convenience store, the film stares dispassionately at the aimless exploits of a group of beautiful losers, whose dreary lives are upended one evening by the return of an old friend, Pony (Jayce Bartok), now a minor rock star. The early scenes are reasonably sharp — sometimes resembling nothing so much as a slacker version of Waiting for Godot — but the staginess gradually takes hold. B-

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