Pups No one has fully come to grips with the new teen violence — with the consciousness that breeds it. In Pups , the second feature… Pups No one has fully come to grips with the new teen violence — with the consciousness that breeds it. In Pups , the second feature… Unrated PT100M Drama Mystery and Thriller Cameron Van Hoy Burt Reynolds Mischa Barton Allied Filmmakers
Movie Review

Pups (2014)

MPAA Rating: Unrated
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Rated: Unrated; Length: 100 Minutes; Genres: Drama, Mystery and Thriller; With: Cameron Van Hoy and Burt Reynolds; Distributor: Allied Filmmakers

No one has fully come to grips with the new teen violence — with the consciousness that breeds it. In Pups, the second feature written and directed by the audacious Ash, Stevie (Cameron Van Hoy), a mouthy 13-year-old, finds a .44 Magnum in his mom's bedroom and takes it into the streets of Los Angeles, where he spontaneously decides to rob a bank. He ends up with a half-dozen hostages, but we're never sure if he's playacting in his mind or an actual junior sociopath — or, indeed, if there is any longer much difference.

Like most Dog Day Afternoon knockoffs, Pups has a static element beneath its hot-wired surface. Ash, however, is a genuine provocateur-filmmaker. He gets an energized performance out of Burt Reynolds as the FBI negotiator who can't decide whether to treat Stevie as an adult or as a brat who needs a spanking, and Van Hoy is amazing, like a Game Boy junkie-turned-virtual Jimmy Cagney. Pups, which had the bad luck to premiere at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival two days before the Columbine massacre, is now getting a nervous, spotty release. At, say, this year's Sundance, it might have been a sensation.

Originally posted Mar 03, 2000 Published in issue #528 Mar 03, 2000 Order article reprints
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