Suburban Mayhem is an excellent, thought provoking tale of a young woman, Katrina Skinner, who is completely out of control emotionally, sexually, and socially. Essentially a modern suburban morality [or perhaps lack of..] tale,this cult Australian film has an anti-heroine who will cross all acceptable codes of behaviour to get what she wants.
Set in suburban Sydney, the story takes place over a ten day period, where Katrina effectively schemes and manipulates nearly every one of her contacts in a misguided, and ultimately tragic attempt to support the early release of her brother who has been jailed for committing a particularly nasty murder. It's obvious from the beginning that the brother will not be released, but Katrina, through a haze of drink, drugs and sexual activity sees things differently as she hatches a disasterous plan to raise money for a legal appeal. Nothing escapes Katrina's manipulations, be it her baby, boyfriends,her manicurist, or even a pet dog, as she purposefully strives to get what she wants and by whatever means necessary.
Some of the dialogue and scenarios are a little uncomfortable [ particularly towards the end of the film] as the story progresses to a shocking, if inevitable conclusion, and whilst the movie has a number of sympathetic characters the sheer forcefulness of Katrina tends to overshadow them.
Suburban Mayhem is not particularly pleasant or funny, but it is both original and has some jaw dropping dialogue and set pieces at times. Overall a good film that dares to be a little different.