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A Packing Suburbia (1999)

R | | Crime, Drama | 18 July 1999 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »


Stephen Szklarski

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Brandise Thomas Brandise ... James Maxwell
Mariana Carreno Mariana Carreno ... Iris
Robert Alexander 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 ... Roselle
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






Release Date:

18 July 1999 (USA) See more »


Box Office


$40,000 (estimated)
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Suburban Filmworks Inc. See more »
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Teenagers with guns/Internet/Violence/Amazing Acting
19 July 1999 | by Miranda-7See all my reviews

With all that is going on right now in the world, example Colorado killings, teens with guns and their ability to look up things on the internet on how to load guns, etc. is really one of the biggest issues in A Packing Suburbia directed by Steven Szklarski. I saw this film at the Long Island Film Festival on Sunday July 18, 1999 and could not believe how amazing the acting was!! THOMAS BRANDISE shows us James Maxwell a teen who goes through more transformations in 90 minutes than most teens do in their life. This young kid has so much intensity and real star quality, look for him to explode. I tried to say hello to him at the screening but agents and managers and teen fans were surrounding him with pens for autographs. Mariana Carreno who plays Iris is equally powerful and Robert Alexander is pretty good too. This film will definitely get distribution for theatrical release because the subject matter is important for parents to question especially parents with teens, for lets face it, being a teen is tough, especially in the 1990's. I do not want to give away the ending, but just want people to look out for it when it hits theatres. I will be there again...Also great editing

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