George Clooney's 'Suburbicon' Is A Wannabe Coen Brothers Movie

It's based on an old Coen Brothers script. (Now, you know why they never made it.)

Suburbicon (NC16)

Starring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac

Directed by George Clooney

The title refers to a fictional 1950s suburban white American town, where Matt Damon’s salaryman father is a victim of a home invasion. But this isn’t a random crime — there’s a larger conspiracy at work.

George Clooney’s latest directorial effort — based on an old Coen Brothers script written in the 1990s — is a strangely inert comedy thriller (think Fargo meets A Serious Man).

Blame it on Clooney’s ambition: He also wants to make a commentary about race relations (the residents are against a black family moving in). He should’ve just stuck to one story because the mash-up doesn’t really gel. (**1/2)

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