Pups – **

Posted: November 9, 2011 in 1999, Coming Of Age, Drama, Heist, Social Drama, USA, XX

In all its amateurism, this really isn’t a bad movie at all. It still is controversial, even though it dates from 1999. A thirteen year old finds a gun in his mother’s closet and shows it to his girl friend, who’s impressed. They walk to school and pass by a bank, which gives the kid an idea: let’s be cool and rob the bank! The bank robbing quickly turns into a heavily mediatized hostage situation.

Okay, the premise is bad. And the whole bank robbing / hostage situation makes no sense whatsoever. BUT this isn’t heist movie at all. It’s a reflection of our modern-day society and how fucked up it can be for certain kids. During the movie you get to learn a bit more about these young Bonnie and Clydes. They each have their problems. The main problem is that they don’t feel loved and that they are surrounded by influences of the adult world which they cannot put in perspective yet. The adult world (money, sex, violence) is so present in our society that kids don’t know how to deal with it correctly.

Apparently this movie was premiered a few days before the Columbine High School killings and was thus never released because of its similarities.

The acting is bad. The story is bad. The depiction and stereotyping of the characters is bad.

However, I really liked the dialogue (even though it was delivered badly). There were some really interesting reflections there. And, despite the low-budget, the directing wasn’t all that bad either. I finished the movie. I really got annoyed by every single character, but maybe that was the point. And I totally get what director Ash Baron Cohen (cousin of Sasha) wanted to point out.



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