Based on the Fyodor Dostoyevsky
classic, Crime And Punishment
, Crime and Punishment in Suburbia is an interesting but poorly balanced independent
movie. Monica Keena
(All I Wanna Do
) stars as a teenage girl living in what appears to be the ideal suburban neighborhood, but in fact conceals the terrible secrets that such happy facade
s always do. Her stepfather
, played by Michael Ironside (Top Gun
) is cast as a ridiculously hateable character, who drinks, fights, and eventually molests his stepdaughter. Keena then arranges for her boyfriend, James DeBello
(100 Girls, Detroit Rock City
) to help her murder him (the father).
Meanwhile, the alternate protagonist, Vincent (played by the appropriately named Vincent Kartheiser (All I Wanna Do, again...), stalks the couple, taking pictures, fantasizes about Keena, and gives himself amateur tattoos. The movie eventually collapses into a strange morass about when it is acceptable to commit a crime, and who takes the blame. Strong religious and fire-based imagery pervades, just to firmly establish that you're watching an indie film. One interesting clip portrays a high school pep rally as a KKK cross-burning, as the banners burn away and reveal their wooden backbones. Constant references to Jesus and Christianity, as well as the violence and self-destruction, reinforce the dark mood of this movie.
All in all, C and P in S is a fascinating movie, but only if you've got nothing better to rent.
MPAA Rating: R for (deep breath) brutal violence, strong sexuality, language, and substance abuse (actually, the abuse is just one reference to pot, and a lot of drinking.)