Tucked away under the Christmas tree, behind the horror films, the crime dramas and the dark comedies is How to Deter a Robber, a sweet story about some teens who face off against some burglars.
Madison (Vanessa Marano) is your average bright eyed teen who bickers with her mom and thinks the world is unfair. She just needs to finish that college admissions essay, but her mom doesn’t take her seriously, and she’d rather just hang out with her boyfriend, Jimmy (Benjamin Papac). Her family has gathered for the holidays, and after a frustrating family dinner, Madison and Jimmy decide to decompress. While glancing across to the neighbours house, they see a light switch on and off and jokingly suspect a burglar or a ghost. The two break into the house, and borrow some skincare and a Ouija board, then fall asleep. They wake up to the house completely burglarized and wind up the prime suspects, unable to leave the country and are marooned Madison’s family home with her uncle. Ready for anything, the pair prep themselves to deter any would be thieves looking for their next score.