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Punk Tank (10/30/2007)

released: Oct 30, 2007

description: Seventeen years ago, a rowdy group of protesters were arrested. Their leaders were sentenced, but the bus transporting them to prison mysteriously exploded. Now, Hank Jones has moved past all that, leading a normal life with his wife and daughter -- his friends, however, have not.

In a van parked across the street, Daffodil, Chrysanthemum, Moonstone and Sunbeam wait for the cover of darkness, and then sneak out to burn a peace sign into the Joneses' lawn. The next day, they take their revenge even further by kidnapping Margaret and Judy Jones and taking them to their secret hideout.

Hank becomes aware of the abduction when he receives his wife and daughter's fingers in the mail that evening with a ransom video. The video shows the four hippies ordering Hank to the secret hideout so that he can continue his work. Hank calls his old friend Rob, who has received a similar threat. When Rob wonders what they ever could have done to deserve this, Hank confesses that he was used by the hippies to genetically build a third party candidate -- Ralph Nader. Now, Ralph Nader's life span is finishing, and the hippies need him to build a new candidate. Rob, it turns out, is necessary too, as his genes were harvested to create Ralph Nader.

The two men set off to Mockingbird Lane, where Judy and Margaret are attempting escape. They are, however, quickly discovered. The hippies taunt them with allusions to Hank's first family -- Hank was brought into the lifestyle by Joan Baez, who urged him to build Ralph Nader.

The hippies see Hank outside, and quickly capture him. They bring him to his wife and daughter, and inform him that their lives depend on his successful completion of a new Nader. Hank agrees, but tells them that he needs something outside first. They allow him to go back out, accompanied by Moonstone, who immediately falls prey to Rob's knife. Hank and Rob sneak back inside, ready to take on the hippies.

A standoff ensues between Rob and Daffodil, and ends when Daffodil suddenly pulls a gun and kills Rob. A fight breaks out, and Hank, with the help of Rob's knife and his family, succeeds in taking out the entire commune. He embraces his family, safe except for the loss of a couple fingers and an ear, and tells them they are going home. Unbeknownst to the family, however, former Republican presidents lurk in the shadows, watching them.

cast & crew:

Directed by . . . Jason Chin
 
Child #1 . . . Jorin Garguilo
Child #2 . . . Mel Evans
Chrysanthemum . . . Rob White
Daffodil . . . Sean Kelley
George Bush . . . Kristen Studard
Hank Jones . . . Roger Payton
Joan Baez . . . Mel Evans
Judy Jones . . . Kristen Studard
Margaret Jones . . . Colleen Breen
Moonstone . . . Michael Johnson
Protest Leader #1 . . . Colleen Breen
Protest Leader #2 . . . Mel Evans
Ralph Nader . . . Sean Kelley
Rob . . . Sean Kelley
Ronald Reagan . . . Sean Kelley
Sunbeam . . . Amy Verdon

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