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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Indie Pick O' The Day: subUrbia

The opening shot of this film reminds me of my hometown. Haphazard shots of shopping malls, parking lots, convenience stores, newly constructed townhomes, and and space. Don't get much of that up here...

Anyways, Richard Linklater once again creates a film about teenage slackers unsure of who they are and what their purposes are in life. They find themselves hanging out in parking lots talking about trivial and mundane topics. On the same night, their friend, the only successful one out of the group who is now a rock star, has returned to his hometown to revisit his old surroundings.

The friends decide to hang out and talk about inane subjects, while realizing that they've been wasting their lives away doing nothing. This film has great character and story. I don't know if its a good thing or bad thing, but I can totally relate to all of the slackers in this movie.
subUrbia was actually adapted from a staged play, which you can kinda tell because the film is most set in front of a convenience store. The owner of the store was the guy in Office Space...remember Samir? Well anyways there are a lot of well known indie actors in this flick. There's of course Giovanni Ribisi, Nicky Katt (who always plays such an asshole, but I hear is a really nice guy), Steve Zahn, and our IndieSeen favorite Parker Posey. The message behind this film is about really what are our purposes in life? What were we made for on this planet? What the hell do we plan to do with our lives?

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