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The perfect veneer of 1950s suburban life is just a mask for the deep rot and hypocrisy festering underneath the trimmed lawns in George Clooney's "Suburbicon," a somewhat derivative and edgeless satire with some compelling performances nonetheless. Clooney directs a script credited to Joel and Ethan Coen, himself and Grant Heslov about a model community, Suburbicon, that promises a perfect suburban existence – a parcel of property for all, clean and well-stocked grocery stores, no traffic and friendly neighbors. The same can be said of Westbrook's Mrs. Meyers, despite not much screen time or dialogue, especially in a particularly upsetting scene in a grocery store where a sales manager tells her that, for her, the price of milk is $20 .In his turn as young Nicky, Jupe proves a fantastic and compelling find, carrying much of the film as the hyper-vigilant kid who is watching his world unravel and doing something about it.Moore is more over-the-top, especially as the sister-in-law Margaret, who strains to be the perfect '50s woman.Of all the periods that Clooney could have chosen to skewer, it feels almost toothless to take on '50s suburbia.
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