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P.U.N.K.S. (1999)

PG | | Comedy, Sci-Fi | Video 5 January 1999
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A group of misfit teens evade a corrupt scientist when they steal and attempt to return a suit that delivers supernatural strength to its wearer.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Redwine ...
Drew Utley
Kenneth A. Brown ...
Miles Kitchen
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Lanny Nygren
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Jonny Pasiotopolis
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Samantha Swaboda
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Pat Utley
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Mrs. Utley
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Edward Crow
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Ronny
Matt Riley ...
Martin Spengler
Louan Gideon ...
Ms. Grimes
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Convict (as Scott Schwartz)
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Carlson
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Bruno's Woman
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A group of misfit teens evade a corrupt scientist when they steal and attempt to return a suit that delivers supernatural strength to its wearer. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG for action/violence, mischief and mild language

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Despite looking age appropriate, four of the actors were older than their characters: Tim Redwine was 15, Kenneth A. Brown was 19, Patrick Renna was 19, and Jessica Alba was 17. Brandon Baker was the only correct age at 14. See more »

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While peanut butter has numerous health benefits including protein and monounsaturated fats, processed peanut butter often contains partially hydrogenated oils (trans fats) and high amounts of sugar and calories. This was well known in the 90s. Compared to pizza and M&M's, it a healthier alternative, but still not a good choice for health-conscious Lanny. See more »

Quotes

Samantha Swoboda: We better crash at your guys' place for a while in case they come after us.
Miles Kitchen: Oh sure. 'Hi Mom, Dad. This fourteen-year-old girl, she's just sleeping over tonight. Don't mind me, I'll be upstairs, in my room, *entering puberty*!' Are you nuts?
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References Royal Rumble (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Snot Rag
Selection from 'The Jim Rose Circus' Soundtrack
Written by THENIgMA?
Performed by THENIgMA?
Published by There Ya Go Music (ASCAP) © 1997
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A Pro-Steroids Film for the Whole Family
2 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Despite being made sometime in the late 1990's, P.U.N.K.S. looks and feels at least ten years older (a curious music video montage featuring the kids in "Risky Business" Ray Bans causing mayhem on a miniature golf course is straight out of the '80s; a curiouser ZZ Top tribute was likely lost on P.U.N.K.S.'s intended audience). The cinematography is muddy and the sound is washed-out, giving it that undesirable Saturday afternoon UPN quality. In one scene it's painfully obvious that the filmmakers couldn't afford the rights to the Katrina and the Waves song "Walking on Sunshine," so they cobbled their own variation together instead.

Typically, kids movies are allowed to get away with more because, hey, kids are stupid! This film is no exception. The adult characters (both good guys and bad) are all buffoons, a chain of various impossibilities move the plot along, and the laws of physics need not apply.

But most troubling of all is the film's underlying message: the electronic muscular enhancer device that the kids steal and utilize is, for all intents and purposes, a steroid. However, the morality of using using such a device (to defeat various antagonists) is never questioned in any way, making it a sort of pro-performance-enhancing drugs movie. How odd.

And before I lose this thought: The idea of using stun guns repeatedly on adults for laughs is pretty disturbing.

Hebephiles will enjoy seeing a young Jessica Alba in various outfits. But even I--I mean, they will be bored by the majority of this overlong film, which should have ended twenty minutes before it actually does.

This would have benefited from a DVD commentary track of some sort wherein the makers explained their intentions--or freely and unashamedly admitted that this was just "product." Perhaps such commentary could have been provided by a gaffer or a key grip.


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