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For the article about the 1984 film set within the L.A. punk subculture, see Suburbia (film).

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Directed by Richard Linklater
Produced by Anne Walker-McBay
Written by Eric Bogosian (play & screenplay)
Starring Giovanni Ribisi
Steve Zahn
Nicky Katt
Parker Posey
Ajay Naidu
Cinematography Lee Daniel
Editing by Sandra Adair
Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics
Release date(s) February 7, 1996 (1996-02-07)
Running time 121 minutes
Country United States
Language English

subUrbia is a 1996 dark comedy film written by Eric Bogosian, based on his play of the same name, and directed by Richard Linklater. It follows the relationships between a few young adults as they spend their time standing on "the corner" outside a local convenience store.

Bogosian based the story on his own experiences growing up in Woburn, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. The convenience store setting is based on the 7-11 in the "Four Corners" section of the west side of Woburn, and the high-school fight song that is sung in one scene is the actual Woburn High fight song ("Black and Orange" to the tune of "On Wisconsin").




In "Burnfield", a fictional suburb of Austin, TX, five young adults who have nothing to do with their lives, decide to hang out at "the corner" outside of a convenience store one night. On the same night, their friend, the only successful member of the group, now a rock star, has returned to his hometown to revisit his old stomping grounds. The friends hang out and talk about inane subjects, while realizing that they've been wasting away their lives doing nothing. They each want to make something of themselves, but ultimately, few of them do.


Suburbia: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack by various artists
Released February 7, 1997 (1997-02-07)
Label Geffen Records


The film earned a ranking of 60% on Rotten Tomatoes. Roger Ebert gave the film a positive review giving the film 3 1/2 stars out of 4, Calling it "dark, intense and disturbing."


Ajay Naidu was nominated for Best Supporting Male at the 1997 Independent Spirit Awards but lost to Jason Lee.

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