Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021


Year: 1999
Country: USA/Japan
Run Time: 101 minutes

Stevie, a 13-year-old Californian with the philosophy "Everything's fake these days," begins his morning routine with porn in the VCR, asthma medication, a videotaped mock-suicide attempt, and a pre-homeroom visit from his classmate, girlfriend, and fiancee of one month, Rocky. But today things are going to be different ? because while rummaging for drugs or stuff to steal, Stevie's found his absentee single-mom's loaded .44 Magnum. It's their key to not-so-innocent fun and frolic, so the kids senselessly stick up a bank on the way to school. SWAT teams and media vultures flock to the site of the standoff, while a burnt-out FBI agent (Burt Reynolds) tries desperately to negotiate. Cowering hostages inside include a neurotic ex-Scientologist, an incompetent security guard, and a paralyzed vet resentful he shed blood for oil in the Persian Gulf. First among Stevie's demands: pizza and condoms. British-born filmmaker Ash sure has his trigger finger on the pulse of America's pathologies; PUPS made its 1999 film-market debut just 48 hours before the Columbine Massacre. A pair of armor-piercing performances by youngsters Cameron Van Hoy and Mischa Barton target your outrage and funny bone in the same gunsight.



Ash, Daniel M. Berger.

Carlos R. Arguello.

Michael D. Schultz.

Principal Cast
Cameron Van Hoy, Mischa Barton, Burt Reynolds, Adam Farrar, David Alan Graf, Darling Narita, Kurt Loder.

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