(Penelope Spheeris, 1984, 94 min)
Produced by Roger Corman, Penelope Spheeris’ cult film features non-professional performances by street kids and punk musicians (Flea from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers among others). Mostly refugees from broken, lower- middle-class families who call themselves ''The Rejected'' or the “TR's”, the film depicts the lives of suburban punks who squat in an abandoned bungalow in a Los Angeles area that's been condemned to make way for a new freeway. With live performances by Southern Californian punk bands D.I., The Vandals, and T.S.O.L.
“Suburbia is at its best when it is simply observing the randomness of the lives of its young people, watching them at aggressive play in a punk- rock club, stealing food from suburban freezers or just sitting around in the garbage of their beloved pad. Spheeris’ film is probably the best teen-agers-in-revolt movie since Jonathan Kaplan's Over the Edge and far better than Francis Ford Coppola's Outsiders and Rumble Fish.” -Vincent Canby, New York Times