Ever since Malcolm Holt's kindergarten teacher sent him home with a suicide note, he has wanted a life free from psychological scrutiny and worried glances. But at 22, four months out of college, unemployed, and stuck living with his mother, Malcolm is struggling to find his way as a developing photographer – until a series of prophetic dreams about his friends moving away, his ex-girlfriend returning home, and his father’s voice from beyond the grave prompt him to take a hard look at his life and forge a new path.
His suburban life falling apart, Malcolm seeks counsel from Gregory Crowley, better known around town as the Holy Hustler, a mystic and a pool shark. Gregory takes Malcolm under his wing, offering him spiritual advice and crucial support. Despite worried protests from his friends, Malcolm and Gregory grow into a close friendship.
Meanwhile, Malcolm does run into his ex-girlfriend Mara, just as he dreamt, when she comes back to Westchester. Malcolm is excited to spend time with his former lover again, and they start to reconnect, despite the past tension still lingering between them.
Between exploring his dreams with Gregory and rekindling his relationship with Mara, Malcolm is happier than he's been in years - until one of his best friends commits suicide and Malcolm is forced to confront what he’s been running from since kindergarten.
Suicide Kids, at its heart, is a character piece that explores the psychology of insecurity and difficulty of being overeducated and underutilized in modern suburbia. In abhorring reductionism and embracing a shades-of-grey approach, Suicide Kids is at times hilarious and at times grotesque and aims not only to entertain but to cast an unflinching view of complicated people in a real setting struggling with hard questions and harder answers.