DVD cover for The Suburbans
|Directed by||Donal Lardner Ward|
|Produced by||J.J. Abrams
|Written by||Donal Lardner Ward
|Music by||Robbie Konder|
|Distributed by||Tri-Star Pictures|
The Suburbans is a 1999 comedy-drama that satirizes the 1980s revival hype around the turn of the 21st century. It stars Jennifer Love Hewitt and Donal Lardner Ward, who also co-wrote the movie with Tony Guma and directed the movie.
The Suburbans premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 1999. It was released on a very limited number of screens (11) on October 29 of the same year, and grossing $11,130, is considered to have failed commercially. Of ten reviews counted at Rotten Tomatoes, all ten are negative.
In 1998 Danny, Mitch, Gil and Rory, formerly known as long-forgotten, early 80's one-hit wonder The Suburbans, reunite to perform their only hit single at one of the band members' wedding. After the gig Cate, an up-and-coming record company executive, approaches them and suggests to shoot a pay per view reunion show that would eventually re-establish the band's claim to fame. The four, more reluctantly than not, agree and subsequently face the ramifications on their personal lives as the show's production contrasts their former rock 'n' roll image with their now middle-class, suburban life style. It soon becomes evident that Cate is probably the only remaining fan of the band, who, out of a personal interest in the matter, put her own career at stake.
- Donal Lardner Ward as lead singer Danny
- Jennifer Love Hewitt as record company executive Cate
- Amy Brenneman as Danny's girlfriend Grace
- Craig Bierko as lead guitarist Mitch
- Will Ferrell as bass player Gil
- Tony Guma as drummer Rory
- Bridgette Wilson as Rory's girlfriend Lara
- Ben Stiller as record company owner Jay Rose
- Perrey Reeves as Amanda
- Jerry Stiller as record company owner Speedo Silverberg
- Dick Clark as himself, hosting a fictional episode of American Bandstand
- Kurt Loder as himself, an MTV interviewer
- A Flock of Seagulls as themselves in a cameo appearance
- Sugar Town, another "rock-and-roll and relationships" film released a month earlier, and called by Janet Maslin—in her review of The Suburbans—a "better and more ambitious recent film that [also, in retrospect] had no luck in finding an audience"
- "The Suburbans". rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved 2015-04-27.
- Maslin, Janet (October 29, 1999). "Suburbans: And the Beat Goes on, Even When It Shouldn't". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-04-27.
- The Suburbans at the Internet Movie Database
- The Suburbans at Rotten Tomatoes
- The Suburbans at Box Office Mojo
- Keith Bailey's review for The Unknown Movies Page