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Lurking In Suburbia


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C     Film: C+



I just am always amazed when I meet guys in their 20s complaining that they are getting too old.  Really?  Then what is young?  How do they gain this strange perception?  Mitchell Altieri’s Lurking In Suburbia (2003) tells the tale of the supposed horror of turning 30!  Has the shallow version of an already problematic, youth obsessed culture really caused this kind of distorted thinking?  Apparently, yes, leaving already unambitious generations even more vegetative and idiotic.


The film is supposed to be a comedy, but you will only laugh if you are stupid enough to agree with its brand of misery.  Joe Egender is Conrad, the host of the proceedings, talking to the camera all the time.  He is making observations that seem sound, but upon closer examination are not as valid as they may first sound unless you are the kind of person who peaked in high school and especially do not know why.  Yes, the device offers some ironic distance, but it also tries much too hard and the overall result is a long series of missed opportunities to tell a more important, intelligent, mature and deeper story about how and why this is happening.


Conrad is a writer who wants to be successful, but with the limited capacity for original observations, you can see why he is stuck in his living hell.  The film tries to take on the subject of homosexuality (a rumor haunting their old quarterback) and falls right on its face in the process.  The women are never three-dimensional, allowing one to easily tell this was written and directed by men with only so many clues.  As compared to superior films on the subject like Say Anything…, My Bodyguard, Real Genius and like films about the generations before that this film could have been the age 30s equivalent of if it stopped to think about its situation instead of trying to laugh it off.  And to think it is not even that funny, not even knowing what “growing up” is or is not.  The result is a big miss of a film.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is soft and has limited color and detail, which makes sense from being shot on a Panasonic digital camcorder.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has no surrounds and is a decent recording for an independent production, but nothing distinguished.  Extras include a “drunken” audio commentary, trailers for other this and two other Heretic Indie releases and deleted scenes that have the same tone as the scenes kept.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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