Crime and Punishment in Suburbia
|Crime and Punishment in Suburbia|
Promotional movie poster for the film
|Directed by||Rob Schmidt|
|Produced by||Christine Vachon
|Written by||Larry Gross|
|Music by||Michael Brook|
|Edited by||Gabriel Wrye|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|Release dates|| January 24, 2000 (Sundance Film Festival)
March 28, 2001
May 3, 2002
|Running time||100 min.|
Crime and Punishment in Suburbia is a 2000 film directed by Rob Schmidt and starring Monica Keena (as Roseanne Skolnick), Ellen Barkin (as Maggie Skolnick), Michael Ironside (as Fred Skolnick), James DeBello (as Jimmy) and Vincent Kartheiser (as Vincent).
The film is a contemporary fable loosely based on Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment. Roseanne (Monica Keena) is outwardly a perfect and popular teen, who suffers from a dysfunctional home life. Her mother (Ellen Barkin) begins an affair with a local man (Jeffrey Wright) and leaves her to live alone with her alcoholic stepfather (Michael Ironside). One night during an alcohol-fueled rage, he rapes Roseanne. Traumatized, she decides to take things into her own hands. With the participation of her devoted and clueless boyfriend Jimmy (James DeBello) the twosome murder her stepfather in retribution, but Roseanne's conscience quickly begins to unravel afterwards.
The story is narrated by one of Roseanne's classmates, Vincent (Vincent Kartheiser), a boy who is as concerned with Roseanne's well-being as he is obsessed with her. As the plot develops he forges a relationship with her, consoling her and giving her advice while trying to point her toward redemption. In the end it becomes possible that he, perhaps, might be her only salvation.
The film was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize, Dramatic at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.
- Crime and Punishment in Suburbia at the Internet Movie Database
- Crime and Punishment in Suburbia at AllMovie
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