WriterDonal Lardner Ward, Tony Guma Release dateOctober 29, 1999 (1999-10-29) ScreenplayDonal Lardner Ward, Tony Guma CastJennifer Love Hewitt (Cate), Will Ferrell (Gil), Bridgette Wilson (Lara), Craig Bierko (Mitch), Donal Lardner Ward (Danny), Tony Guma (Rory) Similar moviesPrey for Rock & Roll, Straight Outta Compton, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Whitesnake: Made in Japan, Kiss: Monster Tour in Zurich, Bon Jovi: Live on VH1 Unplugged
TaglineNever before has a girl done so much with so little.
The suburbans 1999 trailer
The Suburbans is a 1999 American comedy-drama film that satirizes the 1980s revival hype around the turn of the 21st century. It stars Jennifer Love Hewitt and Donal Lardner Ward, who also co-wrote the film with Tony Guma and directed.
The Suburbans premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 1999. It was released on a very limited number of screens (11) on October 29 of the same year, and grossing $11,130, is considered to have failed commercially. Of ten reviews counted at Rotten Tomatoes, all ten are negative.
In 1998, Danny, Mitch, Gil and Rory, formerly known as long-forgotten, early 1980s one-hit wonder band, The Suburbans, reunite to perform their only hit single at one of the band members' wedding. After the gig, Cate, an up-and-coming record company executive, approaches them and suggests to shoot a pay-per-view reunion show that would eventually re-establish the band's claim to fame. The four, more reluctantly than not, agree and subsequently face the ramifications on their personal lives as the show's production contrasts their former rock 'n' roll image with their now middle-class, suburban lifestyle. It soon becomes evident that Cate is probably the only remaining fan of the band, who, out of a personal interest in the matter, put her own career at stake.
Donal Lardner Ward as lead singer Danny
Jennifer Love Hewitt as record company executive Cate
Amy Brenneman as Danny's girlfriend Grace
Craig Bierko as lead guitarist Mitch
Will Ferrell as bass player Gil
Tony Guma as drummer Rory
Bridgette Wilson as Rory's girlfriend Lara
Ben Stiller as record company owner Jay Rose
Perrey Reeves as Amanda
Jerry Stiller as record company owner, Speedo Silverberg
Perrey Reeves as Amanda
Robert Loggia as Jules
Dick Clark as himself, hosting a fictional episode of American Bandstand