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Pups (1999)



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Two bored suburban kids looking for something to do get trapped in the wrong kind of excitement in this independent drama. Stevie (Cameron Van Hoy) is a boy in his early teens, depressed and out of sorts, who half-heartedly attempts suicide without having the wherewithal to go the whole nine yards. When his girlfriend Rocky (Mischa Barton) shows up on her way to school, Stevie has just found his mother's gun while poking around the house. As they head off for class, Stevie brings the pistol along. They pass a bank along the way, and Stevie impulsively dashes in and decides to rob the place. Before Stevie and Rocky can get away, police and FBI agents arrive on the scene, and Stevie announces he's taking the customers inside the bank hostage. FBI negotiator Daniel Bender (Burt Reynolds) is sent to the scene of the crime; while it's quickly obvious to him that these are two kids pulling a prank that got out of hand, they're also armed and in the middle of a very dangerous situation, and Stevie's bursts of adolescent rage aren't making things run any smoother. Financed by a Japanese production company but written, directed, and starring American talent, Pups had its premier screening at the 1999 Los Angeles Independent Film Festival -- only two days before two armed high school students went on a tragic killing spree in Littleton, CO.more
Rating: R (for violence involving juveniles, strong language including sexual dialogue, and for brief sexuality)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Ash
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 25, 2000
Allied Entertainment


Mischa Barton
as Rocky Silver
Burt Reynolds
as Daniel Bender
Adam Farrar
as Wheelchair Man
David Alan Graf
as Bank Manager
Kurt Loder
as Himself
James Gordon
as J.P./Preacher
Ed Metzger
as Mr. Edwards
Jonathan Coogan
as Security Guard
Uri Ryder
as Pizza Man
Matthew Fairchild
as Rocky's Father
Hsa Mann
as Puppy Seller No. 1
Johnny Hawaiian
as Puppy Seller No. 2
Kevin Kenedy
as Field Reporter
David N. Preston
as Studio Reporter No. ...
Beatie Pompa
as Studio Reporter No. ...
Stanley B. Herman
as Studio Reporter No. ...
Hardia Madden
as Agent Hardy
C.C. Betchloff
as Agent C.C.
Alex Liu
as Officer No. 1
Matt Roth
as Bank Worker No. 1
Natascha Cobar
as Bank Customer
Mathew Cory Dunn
as MTV Cameraman
Dara Tomanovic
as Bender's Wife/Stevie...
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Critic Reviews for Pups

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (8)

The crisp images and Bill Foster's unnerving ambient sound of hovering copters enormously aid this low-budget powder keg.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Top Critic

Hyperkinetic, perceptive though derivative.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

Pups looks ragged and slammed-together, but that's part of its appeal; the film has a wildness that more care would have killed.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Ash ... is a genuine provocateur-filmmaker.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Raw but effective reworking of Dog Day Afternoon.

January 1, 2000
New York Post
Top Critic

Full Review… | August 15, 2002
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Pups


'Pups' is about very emotive subjects (gun crime and gun ownership in the US, the loss of innocence and nihilism of younger generations) that manages raise them without ever turning to didacticism.

It is the sort of film Michael Moore wishes he had the intelligence to produce. It is political without wearing a badge on its sleeve, rather than spending the entire film hammering home an anti-gun message it treats us as adults.

But that's not really what I wanted to talk about because the political message is of secondary importance. Foremost this film is a very very dark comedy that is playful with convention and whilst not perfect (it lacks pace at points, Rockie can be annoying) it is beautifully crafted and well worth anyone's time.

Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

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