DVD Review: Suburbia

This review originally appeared at Chartattack.com

Penelope Spheeris‘s most profitable film will forever remain Wayne’s World, but she’ll always be associated with the Los Angeles music scenes she’s documented over the past 30 years.

Suburbia was a scripted drama in the most loose sense, about a group of outcast punks (one of which is played by Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea) trying to survive in the L.A. suburbs. The loose plot gives the film a hazy, cinema verite feel, linking it to Spheeris’s landmark film The Decline Of Western Civilization.

Along with providing one of the most honest depictions of what the life of a suburban punk was like in the early ’80s (dodging the ire of local rednecks and police), the film contains some great live performances from scene luminaries D.I., TSOL and a very young Vandals.

Although it feels a tad dated, Suburbia remains a vital document of one of the most often forgotten punk scenes.

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