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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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No one stays innocent forever See more »


Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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


Vincent: Do you want to know why we left New York?
Roseanne: [just looks at him]
Vincent: I robbed this old lady who lived next door to us.
Roseanne: You did?
Vincent: Yeah. Smashed up a bunch of stuff, got caught. They said I was walking the halls like a damaged little fucker.
Roseanne: I think you still are.
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A Story With Empty Promises
1 April 2003 | by Darkest_RoseSee all my reviews

Roseanne(Monica Keena) is a popular and beautiful student that is admired by a lot of people, especially by a lonely outcast Vincent(Vincent Kartheiser) who is obsessed with her and follows her around everywhere, hoping to get noticed . But Roseanne isn't so perfect like everybody thinks, she has a horrible life with her stepfather who one night, after her mother leaves, rapes her. The next day, Roseanne is totally devastated and she decides that she wants to kill him along with her boyfriend Jimmy(James DeBello). This movie started out good, it seemed like it was going to be a dark teenage drama but near the end, it turned into this cheesy bad love story with no plot. That was the problem with this story, it didn't really fit in anywhere. The only character i really liked was Vincent, he was so interesting and he had so much soul, not to mention that he was gorgeous. Anyways, I would give Crime and Punishment in Suburbia 7/10

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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

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Company Credits

Production Co:

G2 Films, Killer Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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