George Clooney's Latest Film Is One Of Paramount's Biggest Flops Ever

'Suburbicon' is being attacked from every angle

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On paper Suburbicon sounds like a surefire hit. George Clooney directing, an old Coen brothers screenplay and a star studded cast which includes Matt Damon, Julianne Moore and Oscar Isaac.

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The reality of what was created is a film which the LA Times summed up as, "a dreadful movie for dreadful times" and has earned a paltry 26 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes.

It's been so badly received that Forbes reports that it had "the worst wide-release opening ever for Matt Damon and Paramount's worst opening weekend ever for a film on more than 2,000 screens."

The film has earned just $2.8 million at the box office but cost around $25 million to produce and $10 million for Paramount to distribute.

Intended to be a "pointed satire of racism in a 1959 suburb" the film has instead been criticised for coming across as a "naughty white nuclear family". As Collider point out, "in [Clooney's] drive to point out how the white middle class dehumanizes black families, ends up dehumanizing a black family.

Comparatively, Get Out was praised for its searing take on racism in suburban America as painted by Jordan Peele. It seems Suburbicon has fallen victim to the same problem as HBO's stalled slavery drama Confederate where people complained about white filmmakers depicting black history. Though HBO still aren't backing down, Amazon's similar sounding Black America with Will Packer and Aaron McGruder has generated considerably more positive buzz.

Poor social commentary wasn't even the only issue for Suburbicon which Vice described as, "a film so bafflingly bad, so fundamentally ill-conceived, so wanting in basic tenets of tone and narrative, it almost feels like the work of a first-time director."

Maybe they shouldn't have edited Josh Brolin out after all...