Snapped

  • 1998
  • Movie
  • R
  • Drama

Why do fledgling filmmakers try to beef up straightforward coming-of-age sagas with criminal behavior? College-aged Shane (Daniel Wheir) yearns for excitement, but he’s stuck on Long Island trying to sell his family home and reduced to working a minimum-wage job at a Fotomat. Shane pines for his apartment in New York and lives vicariously by stealing photos...read more

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Why do fledgling filmmakers try to beef up straightforward coming-of-age sagas with criminal behavior? College-aged Shane (Daniel Wheir) yearns for excitement, but he’s stuck on Long Island trying to sell his family home and reduced to working a minimum-wage job at a Fotomat. Shane pines for his apartment in New York and lives vicariously by stealing photos of his more interesting customers. One such regular, Tara Rosenthal (Gaby Hoffmann), takes bizarre snapshots of animals injured on the highway. Her thieving boyfriend, Billy Nemo (Johnny Zander), works as a busboy in Manhattan and rips off customers; his biggest haul yet was the cash-filled valise he stole from a low-level mobster named Bob (Seymour Cassel). Shane comes to Billy's aid in a bar fight and Billy repays him by introducing Shane to the joys of housebreaking. Unfortunately, Bob has been looking for Billy, and has traced him to Long Island. This slice-of-life drama is so crammed with quirky behavior that the characters never have a chance to live and breath like normal people.

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  • Released: 1998
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Why do fledgling filmmakers try to beef up straightforward coming-of-age sagas with criminal behavior? College-aged Shane (Daniel Wheir) yearns for excitement, but he’s stuck on Long Island trying to sell his family home and reduced to working a minimum-wa… (more)

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