This film was incredibly reminiscent of the massively overrated "American Beauty" by Sam Mendes, but that could just be my interpretation. This was much better though - Dostoyevsky`s "Crime and Punishment" as source material is always likely to produce a decent plot though, no?
The performances are spot-on, and I heartily concur with the viewpoint that it`s a damn shame Monica Keena is now acting the goat in some terrible films, when it seems as though she has potential to be a young actress capable of far meatier roles. Ellen Barkin is excellent as always.
One minor complaint might be that the moral dilemma aspect of the original novel makes a very late appearance - and it doesn`t seem as though Roseanne actually believes that murder is justifiable, as Raskolnikov does; she just wants someone else to take the blame for her actions; and she isn`t quite the poor drop-out student either, but that`s probably where the Suburbia bit comes in. Does the story translate well to modern-day, wealthy familied Americans? I think so, and the film just about avoids slipping into stereotypical outsider vs. conformer themes regarding the character of Vincent.
Overall, I think this is a solid film, worth watching for many reasons; I`m still a little saddened that Monica Keena hasn`t developed into the actress this performance suggests she is capable of.