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Crime + Punishment in Suburbia (2000)

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Roseanne Skolnick
... Maggie Skolnick
... Fred Skolnick
... Vincent
... Jimmy
... Chris
... Bella
... Coach (as Marshall Teague)
... Cecil
Christian Payne ... Dean
Anthony Chow ... Teacher (as Anthony C. Chow)
... Stuck Up Girl
... Vincent's Mom
Jim Boyce ... Mr. Dwyer
... Counselor Lord
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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 »

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

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25 August 2000 (Italy)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$9,893, 17 September 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$26,394, 8 October 2000
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Loosely based on Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment. See more »

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Vincent: I used to think if I killed somebody I would want to go to the cemetery and apologize. That's not really what guilt is though. Guilt's a feeling you have towards people who are living. It's like everyday you're out there shaking hands, talking. But you, the guilty person, you know that it's all unreal. It's like guilt is this secret inside of you that destroys the fabric of everything, and then everything's unreal. You can't even have a life. But it's not necessary for it to destroy you. You ...
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Referenced in 'Reservoir Dogs' Revisited (2005) See more »

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Burn, Don't Freeze
Written by Carrie Brownstein
Performed by Sleater-Kinney
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A Surprisingly Great Teen Free Adaptation of Dostoyevsky's "Crime and Punishment"
1 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

Roseanne Skolnick (Monica Keena) is a popular cheerleader and girlfriend of the football player Jimmy (James DeBello), and she has a very dysfunctional family: her mother Maggie Skolnick (Ellen Barkin) is having an affair with a bartender and her stepfather Fred Skolnick (Michael Ironside) is a drunken and aggressive man. Vincent (Vincent Kartheiser) is a sweet and weird teenager, who studies in the same class and has a crush on Roseanne. He follows her everywhere with his camera, taking lots of pictures of her in the most different places or situations. When Roseanne is abused by her stepfather, she decides to kill him, with the support of Jimmy. However, her mother Maggie takes the blame and goes to the court for trial, being accused of murder. During the trial of her mother, Roseanne has to live with her guilt, being supported by Vincent. In the end, she has to decide: leave her mother be convicted and live with the feeling of guilt for the rest of her life, or assume the responsibility for the crime. "Crime and Punishment in Suburbia" is a surprisingly great teen free adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's "Crime and Punishment". The screenplay is very well developed and the young cast has excellent performance. Although having a great moral in the end, with the redemption of Roseanne, the direction is so good that is able to conclude the plot without being corny. I like good contemporaries free adaptations of famous romances, and this one has not disappointed me. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Crime + Castigo" ("Crime + Punishment")


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