Director George Clooney teams with co-writers Joel and Ethan Coen and an all-star ensemble (Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, and Oscar Isaac) for this complex tale of very flawed people making very bad choices in a seemingly idyllic 1950s community.
Academy Award winners Matt Damon and Julianne Moore star in this deliciously dark satire about desire, murder, and insurance. Directed by George Clooney from a script by Clooney, Grant Heslov and Academy Award–winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, Suburbicon sneaks us in through the back door of 1950s suburbia to see what happens when American dreams go horribly south.
Gardner Lodge (Damon) is a family man who needs to make an alteration to his domestic situation. He is in love with Margaret (Moore), his wife's sister, rendering his wife (also played by Moore) an inconvenience. Gardner and Margaret hatch a plan to stage a home invasion, get rid of the wife, collect the insurance money, and run away to Aruba. But things get complicated, particularly with the interference of an enterprising insurance investigator (Oscar Isaac).
Clooney and company shrewdly contrast the manicured lawns and placid façade of postwar suburbia with the bloody avarice and social inequalities resting just beneath the surface. Suburbicon is a brilliant balancing act of antics and mayhem, and Damon and Moore are perfectly matched in their clear understanding of the film's distinctive tone, which offers creeping suspense, jet-black humour, and sly social commentary.