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A Good Documentary: Is this where "Scenes from the Suburbs" came from?
Spike Jonze's work always has a sort of realism and thoughtfulness to it that usually grounds everything else. The only difference between his other works ("Adaptation", "Sabotage" by the Beastie Boys) and this one, is that this is a documentary.
Spike more or less just follows a group of kids as they tell stories, practice on becoming rodeo stars, and overall just hang out. Personalities emanate from the screen, and you start to get a feeling of who these kids really are.
Of course no movie can be completely objective, but this film fulfills the promise of great documentaries because it is tells a story that some people might not be familiar with, and it does it in an entertaining way through empathy and clarity.
They occasionally wear cowboy hats and blue jeans, but above all they kind of remind me of a lot of American teenagers growing up in suburbia, albeit in their own version.
*Spike Jonze recently directed Arcade Fire's "Scenes from the Suburbs", I'm not suggesting that there's a direct connection, but I think this seems to cover some of the same themes.
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