Crime and Punishment in Suburbia

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Crime and Punishment in Suburbia
Crime and punishment in suburbia.jpg
Promotional movie poster for the film
Directed by Rob Schmidt
Produced by Christine Vachon
Pamela Koffler
Larry Gross
Written by Larry Gross
Starring Monica Keena
Ellen Barkin
Michael Ironside
Vincent Kartheiser
Conchata Ferrell
Music by Michael Brook
Cinematography Bobby Bukowski
Edited by Gabriel Wrye
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates United States January 24, 2000 (Sundance Film Festival)
Italy August 25
France March 28, 2001
Spain May 3, 2002
Running time 100 min.
Country U.S.A.
Language English

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.

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