Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Mischa Barton, Jonathan Coogan, Matthew Fairchild, Adam Farrar, James Gordon (IV)
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
A moment of boredom erupts into a firestorm of breathtaking instensity when two confused kids find a .45 magnum and impulsively rob a bank. As their innocent game unexpectedly explodes into a rampage they quickly become th... more »
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So thirteen year-olds are real
Gordon Kearns | St. Louis,, MO USA | 08/01/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In the past twelve years are so, there has appeared a spate of good movies that proved to be a minor revolution of sorts. In effect, they dragged that frustratingly enigmatic 10 to 15 year-old age group out of the Pollyanna era of easy stereotyping and presented the youngsters dwelling there as real, sentient human beings. Not only did they present youthful characters who were quite human in their thoughts, drives, ambitions, decisions, and dialog, but they were cast with youthful actors of real substance, who could stand up with the best of adults in the profession. "Emma's Shadow", "Leon", "Bastard Out of Carolina", "Ellen Foster", "The Mighty", "The Cure", "Lawn Dogs", "Digging to China", and "Tumbleweeds" are a few such daring offerings. Unfortunately, most of these pictures, being independents, made-for-tv productions, or controversial in content, received little public recognition or theatrical exposure."Pups" follows the pattern in three ways. The two middle-school aged kids in this movie certainly have to be taken seriously. Sure they acted impulsively and irresponsibly; kids who would decide on the spur of the moment to rob a bank are not acting responsibly. Adults have been known to choose as bad or worse actions, and for even less reason. Obviously, there were situations in Stevie's life that seemed to lead him in that dangerous direction. And obviously, even before he found his mother's gun, you were given to know that on this particular day Stevie was a disaster looking for a place to happen. And even though Rocky joined him in his dangerous acts because of her attachment to him, you were given to know she did so reluctantly (girls have been known to do that kind of thing in the adult world too). That she would get caught up in the thrill of the adventure and power of it all is quite human as well, which made the situation the scarier since it seemed she might represent the only hope for a rational resolution. FBI agent Daniel Bender (Burt Reynolds) grew to be quite concerned for Stevie and Rocky as kids, and he struggled desperately to keep them from getting hurt; but he didn't seem to know how to relate to them as thinking and feeling humans."Pups" also follows the trend of those other revolutionary movies by getting very little public exposure. Real-life tragedy interceded too dramatically.Finally, "Pups" follows the pattern by casting in the roles of Stevie and Rocky two young actors of consummate skill. Cameron Van Hoy is remarkable in his first major role, and Mischa Barton adds another great performance to her already impressive acting history (check out her stunning reading of the role of the complex Devon in "Lawn Dogs").This is as powerful a movie as you'll ever see, possibly too powerful for some. But if for no other reason, I recommend you see "Pups" for the excitement of watching a pair of outstanding young actors in action."
Amazing movie, definitely worth a look
T. L. McCullough | Phoenix, AZ | 07/30/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Some people are probably put off by this movie, since most people seem to prefer the fairy-tale world a lot of films create. You won't see any of that in "Pups". What's really unique about this film is it's similarity to reality; it gives the film an almost documentary-like feel, without taking away the emotional aspects. You can really feel for the characters-- whether you love them or hate them, this movie definitely inspires emotion. I would recommend "Pups" to anyone who isn't offended easily and who doesn't mind a movie that requires you to actually use your brain a little."
This movie rocks
shane ferry | dakota | 11/22/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Pups is an entertaining and what i found thrilling movie. Newcomer Cameron Van Hoy does an excellent job as the very troubled Stevie, who has been left at home by his mother who is at a seminar (?) somewhere. When he stumbles upon his mothers loaded gun he brings his girlfriend Rocky (Mischa Barton) on a crazy ride. On impulse Stevie walks into a bank and starts waving the gun around. Soon we have a hostage situation and there are cops buzzing around everywhere. Burt Reynolds does a fine job as the reasoning FBI agent. This movie is not a classic but it does have some very good moments/scenes and overall it definatly isnt bad. The constant screaming of Stevie gets a little tedious but all adds to the effect of the panic one would be feeling in such a situation. I think Mischa Barton is great in this movie, Im a huge fan of hers. The ending is sad and my mouth dropped open in shock, call me an idiot but i wasnt expecting that! Rent this movie if you're bored one day, it makes for fine viewing."
Eve Artz | Pennsylvania, USA | 07/22/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I found Pups on HBO one night when I was channel surfing through my satellite guide. At first I didn't want to watch it then I really did. I turned it on and I loved the movie. When they rob the bank I realize how much guts Stevie has. I'm surprised that Rocky went along with it to. The movie was great and is now my 2nd favorite movie. I cried at the ending because it's so sad and romantic. I hope you like the movie as much as I did!!"