There’s crime, comedy and social discord at work in the plot of Suburbicon, a film written by Joel and Ethan Coen along with George Clooney and Grant Heslov. Clooney directs this dark dramedy set in the perfect suburban development known as Suburbicon. The film stars Matt Damon, Julianne Moore and Oscar Isaac.
Suburbicon is intended to be something of a black comedy. The plot has two story threads. The first involves the seemingly picture perfect 1950’s family, the Lodges, living in this picture perfect community of tract homes and lily white tract lives. The second thread, a subplot, is inspired by the true story of a black family, the Meyers, who move into the neighborhood with the predictable effect of setting off alarm bells as the white inhabitants fear plunging property values and the unsettling possibility that this might signal the end of their racially pure domestic bliss.
The Lodge family, who live next door to the Meyers, experience a traumatic home invasion which sets in motion a series of events transforming the enviable predictable life of the family into chaos as the adults display an unraveling of the idyllic innocence. This larger plotline is not inspired by true events.
Critics on RottenTomatoes are not impressed and give the film a rating of 38, while the audience score of people wanting to see it comes in at an optimistic 93 per cent.
Suburbicon is rated R and runs 1 hour 44 minutes.