Scenes from the Suburbs

Synopsis: A resident of a suburban dystopia tries to reassemble his fragmented memories of life as a teen.
Genre: Drama, Music, Short
Director(s): Spike Jonze
Production: MJZ
  3 nominations.
28 min

When I think back about that summer,

I don't think much about the army.

There was always

some sort of conflict going on.

Towns would attack each other

if a golf course was built

too close to a border,

or if a shopping centre

gave off too much light pollution.

So now, what I really try and think about

are my friends from back then.

It was the summer Winter cut his hair.

I wish I could remember every little moment.

But I can't.

Why do I only remember

the moments that I do?

I wonder what happened

to the other moments.

I wonder what happened to Winter.

- What are you kids up to?

- Nothing. Just a little up dog.

- What's up dog?

- Nothing much. You?

You're under arrest.

Take it easy.

Did you see that freak with the trench coat?

What's wrong with having one?

I have a trench coat.

What's wrong with owning a trench coat?

Serial killers and Columbine people

wear trench coats.

Or people that just like to masturbate

in public every now and then.

True. You don't want to date someone

who masturbates in public.

- So you don't masturbate in public?

- Never. That is a sin.

OK, that's a lie.

Ready? One, two,

two and a half...


Yeah. You're my bitch now.

You like that, boy?

Jesus! When did you get so strong?

I do yoga. Yoga, man.

Corpse pose, downward dog,

you know what I'm saying?

I'm thoroughly impressed.

You guys are in love with each other.

Yeah, that's kind of true.

How do I know

when, like, it's OK to kiss a girl?

When the time is right?

Well, you could just get totally hammered

and fall into her face like this one did.

- No, don't do that.

- No way.

- What was the situation?

- We were at a party.

- Was she staring at you?

- Yeah.

We're just sitting there

and she was right next to me.

- Was she drunk?

- I don't think so.

She didn't act like it.

We were all at a party, so who knows.

That's obviously a big factor,

cos if she was sober

it's much different than if she was fucked up.

No, but, like, how do I go about just...

Delivering the cock to her?

Yeah, delivering the cock to her.

I think there's a missing link

somewhere in there.

So, when the situation comes

and you, like, think it's gonna be cool,

you lean in 60% of the way, right?

And then you let her go 40.

So then it's, like, consensual.

And you're not, like, forcing it on her.

All right?

I learned that from Hitch.


You watched Hitch?

- He loves Will Smith.

- Yeah, he's a good actor.

Yeah. Oh, man, what a loser.

I'm a loser?

What the f*ck is on your head?

What are you talking about?

Did you, like, actually pay money for that?

F*ck you guys, this hat's awesome.

God damn!

I'm just trying out a new look.

Nice ass!

When did his brother get back?

I don't know.

I didn't know he got out.

He wants you to move schools now?

He can't just make you go to Westlake.

It's just that he thinks

that I need more discipline and focus.

Why don't you just talk to him about it?

I can't talk to him.

It's like...

It's like he's not even human any more.

He's really weird,

but he's definitely a human.

What he's trying to say

is your brother's a dick.

- Shut up, Paulo.

- F*ck you, man.

I'm just saying he treats you

like you're his little bitch.

Shut the f*ck up, Paulo.

We're coming up to the border.

You guys have your IDs?


Here you go, man.

Let's see some identification.

Sorry. Borders are closed

to all Crossvine residents today.

Oakridge residents only.

Go ahead and pop the trunk for me.

So what brings y'all to Oakridge today?

We're going to visit y'all's mall.

- Visit our mall?

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Spike Jonze

Adam Spiegel (born October 22, 1969), known professionally as Spike Jonze (pronounced "Jones"), is an American filmmaker, photographer, and actor, whose work includes music videos, commercials, film and television. Jonze began his career as a teenager photographing BMX riders and skateboarders for Freestylin' Magazine and Transworld Skateboarding, and co-founded the youth culture magazine Dirt. Moving into filmmaking, he began shooting street skateboarding films, including the influential Video Days (1991). Jonze co-founded the skateboard company Girl Skateboards in 1993 with riders Rick Howard and Mike Carroll. Jonze's filmmaking style made him an in-demand director of music videos for much of the 1990s, resulting in collaborations with Sonic Youth, Beastie Boys, Fatboy Slim, Daft Punk, Weezer, Bj� rk, Kanye West and Arcade Fire. Jonze began his feature film directing career with Being John Malkovich (1999) and Adaptation. (2002), both written by Charlie Kaufman; the former earned Jonze an Academy Award nomination for Best Director. He was a co-creator and executive producer of MTV's Jackass reality franchise. Jonze later began directing films based on his own screenplays, including Where the Wild Things Are (2009) and Her (2013); for the latter film, he won the Academy Award, Golden Globe, and the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay, while receiving Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and Best Original Song ("The Moon Song"). He has worked as an actor sporadically throughout his career, co-starring in David O. Russell's war comedy Three Kings (1999) and appeared in supporting roles in Bennett Miller's Moneyball (2011) and Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), in addition to a recurring role in comedy series The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret (2010–2012) and cameo appearances in his own films. Jonze co-founded Directors Label, with filmmakers Chris Cunningham and Michel Gondry, and the Palm Pictures company. He is currently the creative director of Vice Media, Inc. and its multinational television channel Viceland. more…

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