Hollywood Hates the Suburbs!

by otter68 | created - 3 months ago | updated - 3 months ago | Public

Hollywood has it in for the suburbs, and often portrays life in the 'burbs as shallow and unfulfilling, full of mid-life crises, secret alcoholics, drug abusers, and adulterers. Which anti-suburbs movie is your favorite? Discuss the ennui here

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1. The Graduate (1967)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

83 Metascore

A disillusioned college graduate finds himself torn between his older lover and her daughter.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross, William Daniels

Votes: 249,320 | Gross: $104.95M

2. Over the Edge (1979)

PG | 95 min | Crime, Drama

67 Metascore

A group of bored teenagers rebel against authority in the community of New Granada after the death of one of their own.

Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Matt Dillon, Michael Eric Kramer, Pamela Ludwig, Vincent Spano

Votes: 5,892

3. Ordinary People (1980)

R | 124 min | Drama

86 Metascore

The accidental death of the older son of an affluent family deeply strains the relationships among the bitter mother, the good-natured father, and the guilt-ridden younger son.

Director: Robert Redford | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch, Timothy Hutton

Votes: 45,567 | Gross: $54.80M

4. Suburbia (1983)

R | 94 min | Drama, Thriller

73 Metascore

When household tensions and a sense of worthlessness overcome Evan, he finds escape when he clings with the orphans of a throw-away society.

Director: Penelope Spheeris | Stars: Chris Pedersen, Bill Coyne, Jennifer Clay, Timothy O'Brien

Votes: 4,386

5. Consenting Adults (1992)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

During a joint dinner at the restaurant, the neighbors offer to exchange wives for one night. It was a joke, but only at first.

Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Kevin Kline, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Kevin Spacey, Rebecca Miller

Votes: 6,590 | Gross: $21.59M

6. The Ice Storm (1997)

R | 112 min | Drama

72 Metascore

In suburban New Canaan, Connecticut, 1973, middle class families experimenting with casual sex and substance abuse find their lives beyond their control.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Henry Czerny

Votes: 52,645 | Gross: $7.84M

7. Happiness (1998)

Unrated | 134 min | Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

The lives of several individuals intertwine as they go about their lives in their own unique ways, engaging in acts society as a whole might find disturbing in a desperate search for human connection.

Director: Todd Solondz | Stars: Jane Adams, Jon Lovitz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Dylan Baker

Votes: 65,291 | Gross: $2.81M

8. Pleasantville (1998)

PG-13 | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

71 Metascore

Two 1990s teenage siblings find themselves in a 1950s sitcom, where their influence begins to profoundly change that complacent world.

Director: Gary Ross | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Jeff Daniels, Joan Allen, William H. Macy

Votes: 119,373 | Gross: $40.57M

9. American Beauty (1999)

R | 122 min | Drama

84 Metascore

A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley

Votes: 1,046,557 | Gross: $130.10M

10. The Safety of Objects (2001)

R | 121 min | Drama

58 Metascore

A series of overlapping stories about four suburban families dealing with different maladies. Esther Gold's life is consumed by caring for her comatose son; Jim Train is sent into a ... See full summary »

Director: Rose Troche | Stars: Glenn Close, Dermot Mulroney, Mary Kay Place, Patricia Clarkson

Votes: 4,054 | Gross: $0.32M

11. Far from Heaven (2002)

PG-13 | 107 min | Drama

84 Metascore

In 1950s Connecticut, a housewife faces a marital crisis and mounting racial tensions in the outside world.

Director: Todd Haynes | Stars: Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid, Dennis Haysbert, Patricia Clarkson

Votes: 43,201 | Gross: $15.85M

12. One Hour Photo (2002)

R | 96 min | Drama, Thriller

64 Metascore

A mentally unstable photo developer targets a middle-class family after his obsession with them becomes more sick and disturbing than any of them could imagine.

Director: Mark Romanek | Stars: Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Michael Vartan, Dylan Smith

Votes: 112,349 | Gross: $31.60M

13. Havoc (2005)

R | 85 min | Crime, Drama

Two affluent suburban girls clash with the Latino gang culture of East Los Angeles.

Director: Barbara Kopple | Stars: Anne Hathaway, Bijou Phillips, Shiri Appleby, Michael Biehn

Votes: 17,986

14. Little Children (2006)

R | 137 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

The lives of two lovelorn spouses from separate marriages, a registered sex offender, and a disgraced ex-police officer intersect as they struggle to resist their vulnerabilities and temptations in suburban Massachusetts.

Director: Todd Field | Stars: Kate Winslet, Jennifer Connelly, Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earle Haley

Votes: 103,819 | Gross: $5.46M

15. Lymelife (2008)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

A family unit begins to bow under the pressure of a failing marriage.

Director: Derick Martini | Stars: Rory Culkin, Alec Baldwin, Jill Hennessy, Emma Roberts

Votes: 13,618 | Gross: $0.43M

16. Revolutionary Road (2008)

R | 119 min | Drama, Romance

69 Metascore

A young couple living in a Connecticut suburb during the mid-1950s struggle to come to terms with their personal problems while trying to raise their two children.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Christopher Fitzgerald, Jonathan Roumie

Votes: 191,231 | Gross: $22.91M

17. Suburbicon (2017)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

42 Metascore

As a 1950s suburban community self-destructs, a home invasion has sinister consequences for one seemingly normal family.

Director: George Clooney | Stars: Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac, Noah Jupe

Votes: 38,804 | Gross: $5.78M

18. Puzzle (II) (2018)

R | 103 min | Drama

66 Metascore

Agnes, taken for granted as a suburban mother, discovers a passion for solving jigsaw puzzles which unexpectedly draws her into a new world - where her life unfolds in ways she could never have imagined.

Director: Marc Turtletaub | Stars: Kelly Macdonald, Irrfan Khan, David Denman, Bubba Weiler

Votes: 5,749 | Gross: $2.03M



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