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Theatrical release poster
Directed by George Clooney
Produced by
Written by
Music by Alexandre Desplat
Cinematography Robert Elswit
Edited by Stephen Mirrione
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • September 2, 2017 (2017-09-02) (Venice)
  • October 27, 2017 (2017-10-27) (United States)
Running time
105 minutes[2]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $25 million[3]
Box office $10.1 million[4]

Suburbicon is a 2017 American crime thriller black comedy film[5] directed by George Clooney and co-written by Clooney, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, and Grant Heslov. The film stars Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Noah Jupe, and Oscar Isaac, and follows a mild-mannered father who must face his demons after a home invasion shakes his quaint neighborhood in 1959.

Principal photography began in October 2016 in Los Angeles. Suburbicon premiered in the main competition section of the 74th Venice International Film Festival on September 2, 2017,[6] then screened at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, and was theatrically released in the United States on October 27, 2017.[7] It received generally negative reviews from critics, who called the plot "awkwardly jammed together" and noted it as a disappointment given the talent involved, and was a box office bomb, making just $10 million against its $25 million budget.[8]


In 1959, the peaceful, all-white neighborhood of Suburbicon is shaken up by the arrival of an African-American family, the Mayers.

Gardner Lodge, a mild-mannered man, is the father of a family in Suburbicon. One night, the home of the Lodge family is broken into by two robbers. The robbers tie the entire family up and kill the matriarch, Rose, with an overdose of chloroform. Her twin sister, Margaret, moves in to help take care of Nicky, the child of the family. Soon after her arrival, she begins to transform herself into Rose, dyeing her hair and having sex with Gardner.

As tensions mount between the residents of Suburbicon and their new African-American neighbors, charismatic insurance agent Bud Cooper arrives one day when Gardner is not home and begins asking Margaret questions, looking to clear up red flags in a life insurance claim made on Rose by Gardner shortly after her death. The conversation starts out innocuously enough, but Cooper grows suspicious when Margaret refers to herself and Gardner as a couple, after which Margaret kicks him out of the house.

Meanwhile, the two robbers who killed Rose are angry at Gardner after Nicky sneaks into the viewing room for a police lineup, where Gardner and Margaret denied that the two robbers were the ones who broke into their home. They are also mad that Gardner has not paid them a sum of money they were promised for killing Rose, and grow impatient when they are unable to reach him by phone. They make a plan to return to Gardner's house and kill Nicky and Margaret.

That night, as a prolonged protest at the home of the new African-American residents turns into a small-scale riot, Cooper returns to talk directly to Gardner. He tells Gardner that he knows the nature of his and Margaret's insurance fraud plan and attempts to blackmail them into giving him their entire payout in exchange for his silence. Margaret poisons his coffee with lye, and Gardner stabs him with a fireplace poker to finish him off. Gardner leaves to go hide his body, trailed by one of the two robbers.

Margaret attempts to poison Nicky with a sandwich after he eavesdropped on her conversation with Cooper and contacted his Uncle Mitch for help. The increasingly-suspicious Nicky does not eat the sandwich, and as Margaret is admitting defeat, one of the robbers strangles her to death before heading upstairs to deal with Nicky, who is saved by the arrival of Mitch. Mitch gives Nicky a gun and hides him in the closet before succumbing to a stab wound given to him by the now-dead robber.

On the way home from disposing of Cooper's body, Gardner is taunted by the other robber, who is suddenly killed by a fire truck. Arriving home, he finds the bodies of Margaret, Mitch, and the robber, and gets Nicky out of the closet. He offers Nicky a choice: go along with his plan to cash out an insurance claim and use the money to run away to Aruba, or be killed by Gardner.

The next morning, Gardner is dead, having eaten Margaret's poisoned sandwich during his conversation with Nicky. Nicky calmly goes outside to play ball with Andy, the son in the African-American family, as they are cleaning up the remnants of the previous night's riot.



According to producer Joel Silver, Joel and Ethan Coen originally wrote the script for Suburbicon in 1986, soon after the release of their film Blood Simple.[9] In 2005, it was reported that George Clooney would star in and direct Suburbicon, while the Coen brothers would produce.[10]

The film was eventually made ten years later. On December 8, 2015, Matt Damon, Julianne Moore and Josh Brolin joined the cast,[11] and Oscar Isaac and Woody Harrelson later signed on as well.[12] On August 31, 2016, Noah Jupe and Glenn Fleshler joined, to play Damon's character's son, and a hitman, respectively.[13]

On September 27, 2016, Harrelson said in an interview that he would not be in the film due to scheduling conflicts.[14] In August 2017, it was reported that Brolin had been cut from the final edit of the film.[15]

Suburbicon began filming in Fullerton, 30 miles south of Los Angeles, in October 2016.[16] Alexandre Desplat composed the film's score.[17]


Paramount Pictures released the film on October 27, 2017.[18]

Box office[edit]

Suburbicon grossed $5.8 million in the United States and Canada, and $3.6 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $9.4 million, against a production budget of $25 million.[4]

In the United States and Canada, Suburbicon was released alongside Thank You for Your Service and Jigsaw, and was projected to gross around $8 million from 2,046 theaters in its opening weekend.[19] However, after making $1.1 million on its first day, weekend estimates were lowered to $3 million. It ended up debuting to $2.8 million, finishing 9th at the box office. The weekend marked the lowest wide opening of Clooney's directorial credits, and of Matt Damon's career, and the 32nd worst-ever opening for a film playing in over 2,000 theaters.[20] It dropped 59% in its second weekend to $1.2 million, finishing 13th at the box office.[21]

Home media[edit]

Suburbicon will be released on Digital HD on January 23, 2018, and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on February 6, 2018.[22]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 28% based on 213 reviews, with an average rating of 4.8/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "A disappointing misfire for director George Clooney, Suburbicon attempts to juggle social satire, racial commentary, and murder mystery — and ends up making a mess of all three."[23] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating to reviews, the film has a weighted average score of 42 out of 100, based on 49 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[24] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "D–" on an A+ to F scale.[20]


Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref.
San Diego Film Critics Society December 11, 2017 Best Supporting Actor Oscar Isaac Pending [25]
Venice Film Festival September 9, 2017 Golden Lion George Clooney Nominated [26][27][28]
Green Drop Award George Clooney Nominated
Fondazione Mimmo Rotella Award George Clooney Won
Fragiacomo Award George Clooney Won
Franca Sozzani Award Julianne Moore Won


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