The Suburbans

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Not to be confused with The Suburban.
The Suburbans
The Suburbans FilmPoster.jpeg
DVD cover for The Suburbans
Directed by Donal Lardner Ward
Produced by J.J. Abrams
Michael Burns
Leanna Creel
Brad Krevoy
Written by Donal Lardner Ward
Tony Guma
Music by Robbie Konder
Distributed by Tri-Star Pictures
Release dates
  • October 29, 1999 (1999-10-29)
Running time
81 minutes
Language English
Box office $11,130

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.[1]


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.


See also[edit]

  • Sugar Town, another "rock-and-roll and relationships"[2] 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"[2]


  1. ^ "The Suburbans". Retrieved 2015-04-27. 
  2. ^ a b Maslin, Janet (October 29, 1999). "Suburbans: And the Beat Goes on, Even When It Shouldn't". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-04-27. 

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