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Crime + Punishment in Suburbia (2000)

A darkly romantic story of murder and redemption, set against an eerily familiar American landscape.


Rob Schmidt


Larry Gross
3 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Monica Keena ... Roseanne Skolnick
Ellen Barkin ... Maggie Skolnick
Michael Ironside ... Fred Skolnick
Vincent Kartheiser ... Vincent
James DeBello ... Jimmy
Jeffrey Wright ... Chris
Conchata Ferrell ... Bella
Marshall R. Teague ... Coach (as Marshall Teague)
Nicki Aycox ... Cecil
Christian Payne Christian Payne ... Dean
Anthony Chow Anthony Chow ... Teacher (as Anthony C. Chow)
Bonnie Somerville ... Stuck Up Girl
Lucinda Jenney ... Vincent's Mom
Jim Boyce Jim Boyce ... Mr. Dwyer
Matt Champagne ... Counselor Lord


This is a contemporary fable loosely based on Fyodor Dostoyevsky's "Crime and Punishment". Roseanne is outwardly a perfect and popular teen. However, her image is hiding the abuse at her stepfather's hands, and she decides to take revenge. The events that follow are a mix of dark humor and an exploration of modern morality as Roseanne faces not only a fellow suburbanite who knows, but her own conscience as well. Written by Anonymous

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Some kids have lots of time to kill. See more »


Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brutal violence, strong sexuality, language and substance abuse | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Loosely based on Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment. See more »


[last lines]
Roseanne: What a strange path it took to find my heart.
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Referenced in Conan: Quoth the Hipster, 'Whatevermore.' (2011) See more »


Burn, Don't Freeze
Written by Carrie Brownstein
Performed by Sleater-Kinney
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This film is a pointless mess.
29 June 2002 | by mustard_monkeySee all my reviews

I knew nothing about this film before I saw it, so I was hoping it would be some undiscovered classic. Quite soon, however, I realised that it was pretentious nonsense. It had the air of being made by some studio in order to appeal to teenagers who write rubbish goth poetry in their bedrooms. It makes awful, contrived attempts to be "arty", while forgetting to add any actual meaning. The characterisation is almost non-existent, people don't seem to have any justifications for their actions, and while they may occasionaly give reasons verbally the acting is so poor that the motivation just isn't there. The dialogue, especially in the voice overs, is terrible and amateurishly written. The pace is painfully slow, since I hadn't read a synopsis of the film (and I'm not familiar with the source material, and the same probably goes for the target audience, which shows how misjudged the film is) I spent a long time wondering when this film would get to its point and indeed where it was going. There is no need for it to be so slow, and there is also no point in dividing it up into sections other than to have "cool" titles like "Damaged little f***ers" flashing up on the screen. Dividing it up into sections only serves to highlight the lack of structure and the inconsistency of the plot. The film is narrated from the point of view of a character who only appears sporadically throughout the film, and the film ends by concluding a plot line that is not very prominent except at the very beggining, so is quite pointless, yet acts like it is some kind of high art.

I realise this review probably reads like a jumbled mess but then so does this film. Life is too short for garbage like this.

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Release Date:

25 August 2000 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Crime + Punishment in Suburbia See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,893, 17 September 2000

Gross USA:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

G2 Films, Killer Films See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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