|As a youngin' getting into Punk in the early 1980's, when I first saw a review of this movie and the accompanying still photo of a mohican-sporting child riding a big wheel (in Time magazine if memory serves - maybe that should have been a red flag, but I was young and I digress...) I thought "this I gotta see"! My punk leaning friends in the mid-80's told me "Suburbia is awesome! You've got to see it."
Fast forward nearly 20 years. Upon discovering GreenCine and spotting this movie whilst looking for films from my decades-long mental "must see" list, towards the top of the queue "Suburbia" went.
In a word, ouch. In more words: Stilted dialogue. Wooden "acting", if you can call it that. Gratuitous female nudity (I had forgotten what that was). The crane shot at the end. Good Lord, what a train wreck.
On the positive side, Penelope Spheeris went on to do some decent stuff, so good for her, eh? (And maybe she started doing good stuff, if only "Decline 1" would get re-released - been waiting for that one too, or so I think...). Flea was in it. A couple of people from "Another State of Mind" appeared as well.
Maybe if I had seen this film in the '80's, I would still have fond memories of it. Today though, I'd have to rank it a close 2nd to the "Punk Rock" episode of Quincy, M.E. in terms of cheese.