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A Packing Suburbia (1999)

R | | Crime, Drama | 18 July 1999 (USA)
After an ugly divorce, James Maxwell and his mother are forced to move into a poor suburban neighborhood on Long Island. When the local gang murders his friend Celeste, James takes a handgun to exact his vengeance.


Stephen Szklarski
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Brandise Thomas Brandise ... James Maxwell
Mariana Carreno Mariana Carreno ... Iris
Robert Alexander ... Daryl
Aesha Waks ... Celeste
Molly Castelloe Molly Castelloe ... Mrs. Maxwell
Ed Kershen Ed Kershen ... Mr. Musso
Jason Jones ... Alando
James Lawrence James Lawrence ... Blade
Michael Brown Michael Brown ... Bobby
Yvonne Mead Yvonne Mead ... Mrs. Washington
Christine Nagy ... News Reporter
Kevin O'Brien Kevin O'Brien ... Reggie
Eric Reyes Eric Reyes ... Jose
Brooke Lewis Bellas ... Roselle (as Brooke Lewis)
Carl Low Carl Low ... Nelson


An upper middleclass teen and his moms world are turned upside down when an ugly divorce forces them to give up their comfortable lifestyle in exchange for trouble they have never quite known. After moving to a less than desirable neighborhood, the teenage boy is introduced to a lifestyle that outweighs what he was brought up in. The local toughs and the femme fatale that leads them, take him under their wing only to bring havoc and harm to anything he considers sacred,including his new girlfriend. When push comes to shove," James" seeks the internet and learns handgun tactics to exact revenge on the local gang. What ensues is a boys rage that turns him into a killing machine. Written by cresh-38258

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Guns and Youth in Suburban America


Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, sexuality, language and drug use - all involving teens

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Low Budget Teen Gang Pic Is Better Than Similar Big Budget Trash
31 August 2004 | by hokeybuttSee all my reviews

A PACKING SUBURBIA (2+ outta 5 stars)

Considering that this is an ultra-low budget movie, little more than a glorified home movie... and starring mostly amateur performers... it's not too bad. (I've seen big budget teen gang thrillers that had a lot less to offer.) New kid in town tries to get in good with the "bad kids" as well as hanging with the "good kids"... you know there's no way he's going to pull this off... and yet, you still hope. Violence is the result of his playing both sides... brutal, nasty violence which escalates into a junkyard showdown for the finale. Sure, the actors aren't all that good... but the kid who plays the lead is surprisingly believable. The plot is fairly predictable... but there are a few scenes where the filmmakers go a little further than most films usually dare in terms of violence. The movie is hurt a little by an inconclusive and unclear finale but, for the most part, it is a fast-moving and intense little film.

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18 July 1999 (USA) See more »


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$40,000 (estimated)
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