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  • Oct 23, 2001
Many critic's took an extra amount of their time to view Pup's, and most of them liked it.

Two kids decide to hold up a bank. No specific reason, just because it's there. The boy, Stevie, is the leader of the two. He whips his dad's pistol out of his backpack and barges into the bank forcing everyone to the floor. Rocky, his girlfriend, remain's hesitant at first, but is soon enjoying a pleasure that she had never experienced: being on television. It may seem horrible that a film about youngster's holding up a bank even exist's, but Ash has directed a lyrical justice needing to be seen.

You must understand why the movie was made at all; to shock and baffle. In a time where children are shooting down school hall's and killing their parent's, Ash's film gave me a new insight to the kid's point of view. What flow's through the strained mind of a child that doesn't care if he blows away a security guard? Rocky is very disturbed, and at the same time very innocent.

Burt Reynold's shows up on the scene amidst a swarm of cops as the nagotiator. He blast's hateful word's out at Rocky and Stevie so fast that his tongue and lips can barely support the cigarette hanging from his mouth. His problem's range from the bank - to home. (His wife call's him every 15 second's and he blast's her too.)

Some have said that Pup's was too long. How silly is that!

Another problem that someone complained about, was the fact that the hostages could have "taken out" the kids by snapping their neck. The person that said that didn't understand the relationship quickly developed between the kids and those held captive by them.

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What do you get when a couple of 13-year-olds replayDog Day Afternoon? The title is a clever pun on the film's inspirations (there's also a little ofReservoir Dogsrattling around the back of the picture), but it's neither a comedy nor a gritty thriller. Young Stevie (Cameron Van Hoy), bored and starved for attention (his mother has left him home alone while she's off at some New Age retreat), decides to skip school and rob a bank with his reluctant but loyal best friend-girlfriend, Rocky (Mischa Barton). Within minutes they're surrounded by cops and calling for pizzas and MTV (a sly, smarmy cameo by MTV reporter Kurt Loder) through tired FBI hostage negotiator Burt Reynolds. It's like some video game fantasy come to life, and the growing media circus gives these heretofore neglected kids their 15 minutes of fame and a sudden (if fleeting) power. Writer-director Ash (Bang) doesn't quite pull it all together, and it drags some at 100 minutes, but the meandering narrative mirrors the hairpin emotional turns of the kids while Ash's handheld camerawork and long unbroken shots capture the chaos of the situation with easy understatement. The kids are sharply drawn and startlingly refreshing, a testament to Ash's savvy writing and direction and to the skills of Van Hoy and Barton. It's a smartly made film, subtly satirical, pleasantly unexplained by any confessional motivations, and happily free of moralizing.--Sean Axmaker
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DVD Release Date: July 23, 2002
Runtime: 99 minutes
Studio: Monarch Video

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