Director: George Clooney
Cast: Matt Damion, Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac, Glen Fleshler, Michael Cohen
Genre: Crime Drama, Mystery, Satire
Country of Origin: USA-UK 2017 104 mins. (15)
Released by e One
Suburbicon, the American dream, the perfect place to raise a family and home to solid, all American finance executive Gardner Lodge (Matt Damon), his wheelbound Rise (Julianne Moore) and their son Nicky (Noah Jupe). A sudden act of violence shatters Gardner's idyll, Rose dies and her twin sister (also Julianne Moore) moves in and takes the short jump from kitchen to bedroom with a Rose matching hair colour change. It's time to bring in insurance investigator Bud Cooper (Oscar Isaac) who suspects dirty deeds behind suburban curtains. Adapted from a Coen brother's script it should have been left as a crime caper behind suburban doors.
Clooney slots in a subplot with a black family, the Meyers, dad (Karimah Westbrook), mum (Leith M. Burke) and their son Andy (Tony Espinosa) moving into Suburbicon. The all white American utopia, the suburban idyll shattered. Confederate flags are out and suburbia's dark side spits out it's venom.
What could have been a black humour, comedy caper emerges as a muddled mix that outsmarts itself. Suburban racism referencing the first black family in Levittown, Pennsylvania in 1957 is an interesting Clooney addition but it doesn't work. A Coen brother's script is best left to the Coen brothers.