by Ryan Arthur
Airport, hotel, show; airport, hotel, show.Eric Bogosian can't write for people my age.
"Horribly written, but decently acted."
He just can't.
This movie's all talk, like Before Sunrise, another Richard Linklater film, was, but this ain't no Before Sunrise. It's boring. The characters spend the entire film whining about, well, everything. Bitch and moan, bitch and moan, drink, eat pizza, bitch and moan.
Get the picture?
People have called it a sad commentary on today's youth, how it (and the characters it portrays) is aimless and clueless, with nothing to look forward to with any hope, and nothing to look back at with any pride.
If you think everyone between the ages of 15 and 26 is like this, you're living in a cave, or an idiot, or both. Listen up, hermit-man: One guy, Pony (Jayce Bartok) has made it as a musician. He comes home to hang with the old gang. They wait for him to show. One guy (Giovanni Ribisi) is unimpressed when he does show. He's living in a pup tent in his parents garage. What follows is sort of like a series of vignettes, spliced together to make a movie. It makes sense, since Suburbia was written for the stage, where it probably works a little better.
What saves it for me is the actors. They're all good, despite the fact that the movie's dialogue is a phenomenal bore. Steve Zahn is hilarious as Buff, the would-be stoner stuck in a dead-end job, and Ribisi is pretty good, too.
But it doesn't change the fact that the movie doesn't work. When it goes from people talking to deadly serious in a matter of minutes, the change is so abrupt that your head spins.
It's not Linklater's best work.Oh, and Parker Posey's in this. I'm of the belief that Parker Posey is the most overrated indie actress around.
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originally posted: 09/26/98 00:20:29