1983 / 94 min. /
Director: Penelope Spheeris
Cast: Chris Pedersen, Bill Coyne, Jennifer Clay

Royal Stompbox: Penelope Spheeris’ Suburbia (1983) – New 4K restoration!

“The best movie ever made about punks” – Zack Carlson, co-author of “Destroy All Movies”


The narrative directorial debut of Penelope Spheeris (WAYNE’S WORLD, DUDES, THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION PARTS 1, 2, and 3), SUBURBIA will punch your face and also features Flea shoving a live pet rat in his mouth.

SUBURBIA is Spheeris’ study of the Los Angeles punk rock scene in the early 1980s. Evan and his younger brother leave their broken home in an attempt to escape their alcoholic mother. They fall in with “The Rejected” (aka T.R.), a group of punks who live as squatters in an abandoned shack by the side of the highway. With the T.R.s, the boys find a new family. But their new family will be tested when they become the target of a group of unhappy gun happy suburbanites.

Made for Roger Corman’s New World Pictures after Spheeris’ phenomenal success with DECLINE, this nuanced look at a patchwork family of punks banded together against their bad parents + shitty authority figures is made even better by hammering live sets from SoCal hardcore squads D.I. and TSOL.

Tragic, harsh, dirty and human.

Fuck the world.

Upcoming Screenings:

Sunday, Jul 28 - 8:00pm