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Thumbsucker (2005)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  28 October 2005 (UK)
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Justin throws himself and everyone around him into chaos when he attempts to break free from his addiction to his thumb.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ted Beckman ...
Stoner Guy
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Matt Schramm
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Arvin V. Entena ...
Perry Lyman's Assistant
Tyler Gannon ...
Stoner Chick
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Rebecca
Allen Go ...
Biology Teacher
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Girl on Plane
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Debate Judge
Kit Koenig ...
Principal
Sarah Lucht ...
English Teacher
Eric Normington ...
Hotel Desk Clerk
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Herself
Lanette Prazeau ...
School Nurse
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Justin Cobb (as Lou Pucci)
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Justin is a teenager boy, who has an oral obsession with his thumb. His mother seems to be a normal housekeeper, but she has her own obsessions as well, like a crush on a TV-star. The only person who's aware of Justin's problem is his father, manager in a store, but none of his advices seem to be working for Justin. The kid is signed up in a debate workshop, but the thing isn't going well, because he has his mind in a pretty classmate and, of course, in his thumb, affecting all the rest of his classes. So, Justin is a loner kid in the school, who prefers to lock himself in the bathroom and suck his thumb. Justin's dentist, a mystical-hippie person, will try to help to overcome his thumb problem, through the hypnosis. But the school's psychologist will diagnose Justin with the Attention Deficit Disorder, and will prescribe him some drugs. Suddenly, Justin's problem with his thumb will disappear, becoming an hyperactive genius, winning several debate contests and the admiration from his... Written by Alejandro Frias

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Rated R for drug/alcohol use and sexuality involving teens, language and a disturbing image | See all certifications »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$85,327 (USA) (16 September 2005)

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$1,325,073 (USA) (2 December 2005)
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Keanu Reeves and Tilda Swinton also co-star in Constantine (2005), which also came out in 2005. See more »

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Justin is charged $3.20 to mail a Business Reply envelope which is clearly marked "Postage Will Be Paid By Addressee". However, it is possible he intends to send it Priority Mail, which would have cost $3.20 in the time period of the original novel. See more »

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[from trailer]
Dr. Perry Lyman: I want to try hypnosis. Imagine you're deep in the forest. Call on your power animal.
Justin Cobb: Come here!
Dr. Perry Lyman: [pause] Do it in your mind.
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Thirteen
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A positive story of growing up
19 September 2005 | by (Helsinki, Finland) – See all my reviews

I saw Thumbsucker yesterday at Helsinki Movie Festival and was really positively surprised. I was not expecting much from a teen movie, but this one really made its way to my heart.

The story is about a 17-year-old Justin who has problems with his self confidence, and that causes him to suck his thumb. His tough guy father (Vincent D'Onofrio) of course does not like this, which makes it even worse. His mother (Tilda Swinton) lives in dreams and does not really seem to care what's going on in her family. His weirdo dentist (Keanu Reeves) uses even hypnosis to help him to get rid of his thumbsucking...

The story is about growing up, and Lou Taylor Pucci as Justin delivers a brilliant job. But the main thing are the "sidekicks": Reeves the dentist and Benjamin Bratt as a totally weird drug addict actor and Vince Vaughn as Justin's teacher just do it, give some laughter to the otherwise serious story, and make this movie enjoyment.


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