“… Clear-eyed compassionate melodrama … A good genre film.” – Vincent Canby, The New York Times
Suburbia is director Penelope Spheeris’s study of the Los Angeles punk rock scene in the early 1980s. Evan and his younger brother leave their broken home in an attempt to escape their alcoholic mother. They fall in with “The Rejected” (aka T.R.), a group of punks who live as squatters in an abandoned shack by the side of the highway. With the T.R.s, the boys find a new family. But their new family will be tested when they become the target of “Citizens Against Crime,” a group of unhappy suburbanites.
Featuring live performances by T.S.O.L., The Vandals, and DI., Suburbia “combines intelligent social comment with the conventions of the teens-in-revolt … to gripping effect” (Time Out)!