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Suburban Mayhem (2006)

The neighbors are scared of her. The police can't keep up with her. Nobody can control her, but everybody's trying.

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Cast

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Detective Andretti
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Geneviève Lemon ...
Auntie Dianne
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Lawrence Aitchson ...
Welfare Man (as Lawrence Aitchison)
Rod Ansell ...
Angry Neighbour
Christine Armstrong ...
Defence Lawyer
Philippe Ayoub ...
Sergeant Harris (as Phillip Ayoub)
Callan Boys ...
Random Guy
Nigel Castellum ...
Junior Policeman
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Storyline

Why does a 19 year-old girl plot to kill her own father? Katrina Skinner is stuck in suburbia with her toddler daughter and her devoted dad. Her brother Danny is in jail for life for murder. Her mother abandoned her years ago. The neighbors are scared of her. The police can't keep up with her. Nobody can control her but everybody's trying. Her dad won't mind his own business. Katrina misses her brother. She needs money for his appeal. She's bored and she's sick of living with her dad. She's not going to work a day in her life and she knows her dad's not going to help her financially anymore. She's first in line for the family inheritance. All she needs to do now is convince one of her lovers to do the deed and she's never had much trouble getting men to do what she wants. All for the love of her brother. It's John Skinner's funeral, inside the Golden Grove Crematorium. Kat sits on the front pew between her cheeky fiancé Rusty and her toddler daughter Bailee. Her mobile phone ... Written by Alice Bell

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There are some things in life you can't control. Fame. Lust. Murder . . . And Katrina. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for strong sexual content, pervasive language, some violence and drug use | See all certifications »

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26 October 2006 (Australia)  »

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Külvárosi káosz  »

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AUD 4,000,000 (estimated)
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Alice Bell was Emily Barclay's body double for the film. Driving, texting and snorting cornflour instead of speed. See more »

Quotes

Katrina: Kenny, are you going to help me get the money for Danny?
Kenny: My life's fucked, its fucked, its fucked. If you could call it a life.
Katrina: Danny wants you to do it but he doesn't think you've got the balls. We were laughing about it together.
Kenny: He doesn't think I can do it you reckon?
Katrina: He said, "That pissy little ant poofter Kenny." He reckons Rusty'll probably do it before you will.
Kenny: Danny said that? He called me an ant?
Katrina: A pissy little poofter ant.
Kenny: That's bullshit. I wanted to help Danny kill that guy, but ...
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Connections

Features Li'l Elvis Jones and the Truckstoppers (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

This is a love song
Written by Katy Steele
Lyrics by Katy Steele
Music and Arrangement by Little Birdy
Performed by Little Birdy
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Worth seeing
18 October 2006 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

In some respects, this was quite an ambitious film – it's dark, smart, and edgy – a little bit in the vein of Brick (not as polished but a whole lot better). The music and energy are all there, but there seems to be a few flat spots. It may have benefited from some further editing to keep the momentum up, even though it's already just under 90 minutes in length. It seems like the writer and director had some good ideas, that weren't fully realised.

I think many cinema-goers will find this entertaining, and I certainly recommend it over the bulk of Hollywood releases (not that that's saying much), if that's your taste. For me it seemed laboured and contrived. The performances by the actors were generally (but not universally) OK. Emily Barclay's performance was good, but her character failed to engage – somewhat like Kath and Kim on speed. It's not that her character was nasty (David Wenham's monumental performance in The Boys was extremely nasty), but more that it seemed manufactured. Her brattishness becomes grating after a while.

The mid-film interviews reminded me of 2:37. They were better done in this film, but still detract somewhat from the continuity of the film.

The script seemed a bit clunky and self-conscious and just didn't quite work for me. I think the director depended too much on the sound-track and style over substance. A strength of the film is that it took some risks, but they weren't fully realised.


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