Suburbia script
Suburbia (1984)
Synopsis: Suburbia, also known as Rebel Streets and The Wild Side, is a 1984 film written and directed by Penelope Spheeris about suburban punks who run away from home. The kids take up a punk lifestyle by squatting in abandoned suburban tract homes. The punks are played by Chris Pedersen, Bill Coyne, Timothy O'Brien and Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist Flea, amongst others.

EXT. ESTABLISHING - BURNFIELD - DAY

Over the various images of Burnfield's strip malls and fast food

joints we hear GENE PITNEY singing.

GENE PITNEY (V.O.)

(singing)

"When your young and so in love as we

and bewildered by the world we see

why do people hurt us so

Only those in love know

What a town without pity can do

If we stop to gave upon a star

people talk about how bad we are

ours is not an easy age

we're like tigers in a cage

What a town without pity can do"

INT. JEFF'S ROOM - GARAGE - DAY

JEFF is talking on the telephone inside of his tent which is has

set up in his parents garage.

JEFF:

(into telephone)

Buff? Yeah, I'll see you down there later. I just gotta finish

some stuff I'm writing. Okay. 'Bye.

Jeff clicks over to the other line.

JEFF:

(into telephone)

SOOZE? Yeah, so did you tell him that we couldn't afford twenty

bucks a ticket and why didn't he put us on the comp list? No, no,

there's always a comp list. Alright. Well, so then, just get your

mother's car and maybe we'll all go do something. Yeah. I gotta

get off. Okay. 'Bye.

CUT TO:

INT. PIZZA JOINT - DAY

BUFF is the one of the only people working. Pies are over cooking

in the oven and Buff is trying to punch out of work as soon as he

can.

BUFF:

(into telephone)

Hey, Frankie! Hey, what are you doing? Sleeping? What, at six

o'clock? Sleep when you are dead. Hey, man, I just got off work.

Why don't you meet me down at the corner. So? Put on some clothes

and come down, man, yeah. Yeah, yeah, I wanna see you, man.

Alright. Yeah. Hey, why don't you bring that pot you just bought?

What?! Yeah, fuck you man!

(to employee)

Later.

CUT TO:

INT. SOOZE'S HOUSE. BEDROOM - DAY

Sooze's room is covered with a wide variety of artwork, most of

which she as done. She hangs up the phone and walks down the

hallway towards her MOTHERS room. She stops in her mother's

doorway,

SOOZE:

I'm going out later.

SOOZE'S MOM

No car.

SOOZE:

The fuck not?

SOOZE'S MOM

You know the fuck not.

SOOZE:

Fuck.

SOOZE'S MOM

Don't swear it's impolite.

Sooze storms out of the room and back down the hall to her own

room. Sooze's mom is watching a shopping channel on the

television. We dolly into the television.

SHOPPING CHANNEL HOST

... suggest that you call immediately. We are truly thrilled to

bring you this next item and it's a Host Value Special. It's the

spiral relaxation lamp. I personally bought one of these for a

very good friend of mine and ended up falling in love with it, I

found myself mesmerized by watching the balls. That's why I

suggest that if you're going to buy one, that you buy maybe two

or three...

CUT TO:

INT. CIRCLE A CONVENIENCE STORE - NIGHT

Two POLICE OFFICERS (CHIP and GARY) are at the counter buying

cigarettes. Jeff is also inside shopping. The convenience store

worker, NAZEER, is watching a cops-like TV show.

TV REPORTER (V.O.)

It started with a traffic argument, escalated to the firing of a

legally carried handgun, ending with the death of the man it was

aimed at. GORDON RIEDHALE claimed he couldn't escape an attacker

who was punching him in the head. Concealed carry instructors

say, "It's that fear..."

CHIP:

Just depends on the filter capacity. What size is that pool?

GARY:

Fifty-five thousand.

(to Nazeer)

Marlboros, chief. Hard pack.

CHIP:

In that case you need a heavy-duty filter.

NAZEER:

Two-fifty.

GARY:

Two-fifty? They go up?

NAZEER:

Always two-fifty, my friend.

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Penelope Spheeris

Penelope Spheeris (born December 2, 1945) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. She is best known as a documentary film director whose works include the trilogy titled The Decline of Western Civilization. She has directed feature films, including Wayne's World, her highest-grossing film. more…

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