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"SUBURBICON"
(2017) (Matt Damon, Julianne Moore) (R)


At-A-Glace Content Summary

Alcohol/Drugs Mild
Blood/Gross Stuff Heavy
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Extreme
Frightening/Tense Scenes Heavy
Gun/Weapons Heavy
Imitative Behavior Extreme
Jump Scenes Moderate
Music (Scary/Tense) Extreme
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Extreme
Sex/Nudity Heavy
Smoking Moderate
Tense Family Scenes Extreme
Topics to Talk About Extreme
Violence Extreme


QUICK TAKE:
Black Comedy: A man and his family must contend with goons harassing them and more, all while their neighbors angrily react to a new African-American family that's just moved into their 1950s era, all-white suburban neighborhood.
PLOT:
In the late 1950s era suburban community of Suburbicon, everything is hunky dory -- and lily white. That is, until an African-American family moves in. Everyone is aghast upon setting sights on the Meyers (KARIMAH WESTBROOK and LEITH M. BURKE) and their young son, Andy (TONY ESPINOSA), and it's not long before the angry and upset stares transition into building fences on either side of their home, and otherwise trying to make them so uncomfortable that they'll move out.

Bucking that racist trend and with their backyards touching, wheelchair-bound Rose Lodge (JULIANNE MOORE) tells her young son, Nicky (NOAH JUPE), to invite Andy to play ball with him and the boy begrudgingly does so. Nicky's world is turned upside down, however, when two mob thugs, Ira (GLENN FLESHLER) and Louis (ALEX HASSELL), show up, tie up Rose, Nicky, his dad, Gardner (MATT DAMON), and Rose's twin sister, Margaret (JULIANNE MOORE), and use chloroform on all of them. All of which results in Rose's death, prompting her brother, Mitch (GARY BASARABA), to offer help, all while Margaret moves in to give the boy something resembling a mother figure.

But Nicky is confused when his dad and aunt don't pick Ira and Louis out of a police line-up, and things then become more muddled when Roger (OSCAR ISAAC), an insurance fraud agent, shows up, suspicious about Rose's life insurance being raised not long before her death. As Nicky begins to have his eyes opened as to what's really occurring in his house, he must also contend with the progressively worsening harassment his new friend Andy and that boy's parents are facing for being the only black family in the neighborhood.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Fans of those in the cast might be interested in it, as might those who like black comedy style movies.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For violence, language and some sexuality.


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