Parents' Guide to

Suburbicon

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Depressing, violent dark comedy is a big misfire.

Movie R 2017 104 minutes
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Scary for kids but a good message for adults

I watched this movie and would not recommend children under 16 or 17 seeing it. The scenes were intense when it came to the boy in the movie and shocking. However, I think the movie is a great one for adults. The message that I got from the movie is that people get so caught up in their own prejudices that they loose sight of everything else. Including a murder and treachery next door. It also shows that while the bigoted adults are acting like children, the kids are innocently playing with each other. Frankly, I think a lot of the negativity I have seen around this movie is that many people do not like the message or that they are at the movie because they perceived it as a comedy. It is a dark comedy that reminded me of Fargo in some ways. But I and my husband really liked it.

Is It Any Good?

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Resurrecting an old Coen brothers script, this would-be dark comedy is a depressing misfire, a baffling, awkward combination of nasty thrills and grim, ham-fisted social commentary. The only redeeming value in Suburbicon, which was directed by George Clooney, is its depiction of racism as vulgar and ugly; it's far blunter in this respect than more nuanced movies like Marshall or Selma. On the other hand, the fact that the African-American characters are the only good people in the movie (aside from white youth Nicky) is pretty obvious and not very useful.

As for the murder storyline, it's distasteful, focusing on sociopathic characters with no moral center. The adults' lack of love and protection for the young boy is shocking, almost sickening. There's simply no way to care about these characters or their outcome. The movie's two story threads tentatively, awkwardly meet up at the end, but with no payoff. Clooney has directed duds before (Leatherheads, The Monuments Men), but nothing this head-scratchingly bad. Perhaps that Coen brothers screenplay -- which was re-written by Clooney and Grant Heslov -- should have stayed abandoned.

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