Alyssa Thorne
September 02, 2017 2:07 pm
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In a sound bite that’s both a little surprising and super topical, Matt Damon described Suburbicon as “the definition of white privilege.” Luckily, in this case, it was intentional! Suburbicon is a mash-up of an old Coen Brothers script and new ideas inspired by true events in Pennsylvania as re-invisioned by George Clooney. Clooney says the screenplay sort of came to be during this past election — so it might be the definition of white privilege, but that’s only because that’s what Clooney and Damon were looking to discuss with their film.

The Hollywood Reporter shared a solid plot summary of the film.

It’s a massive undertaking — um, editing and re-writing a Coen Brothers script? Holy big shoes to fill, Batman — and definitely challenging for a film mostly headed by white men to take a critical stance on white privilege in U.S. society. But we super appreciate Clooney and Damon for diving in and taking it on! Damon explained what the intent of the film was at its inception:

Suburbicon is definitely starting a discussion — and we plan to check out the film when it’s released next month to see what it’s all about.

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