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Thumbsucker (2005)

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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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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Allen Go ...
Biology Teacher
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Girl on Plane (as Dakota Goldhor)
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Debate Judge
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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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Storyline

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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7 October 2005 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$1,325,073 (USA) (2 December 2005)
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Trivia

Scarlett Johansson was originally cast as Rebecca Crane, but she dropped out shortly before filming and was replaced by Kelli Garner. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Audrey Cobb: You're good at stuff like this. I have to find something distinctive about myself.
Justin Cobb: You're beautiful, Audrey.
Audrey Cobb: Seriously.
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A special thank you to the following people and organizations for their support: ... Everyone at Rock Paper Scissors ... Everyone at Tualatin High School ... See more »

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Spoofs In Living Color (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Thirteen
(1972)
Written by Alex Chilton and Chris Bell (as Christopher Bell)
Performed by Elliott Smith
From the film Lucky Three an Elliott Smith Portrait (1997) by Jem Cohen
Courtesy of Gravity Hill
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beautiful, charming, touching, excellent.
21 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

this movie was absolutely beautiful in so many ways. as an adolescent Justin, the main character, struggles with trying to stop sucking his thumb, the film creatively explores issues of identity, self-worth, achievement, family dynamics and so many other elements of life that are difficult to articulate. The film is fun and funny, but at the same time cleverly portrays the hard parts of growing up and communicates a profound and moving message. i was fortunate enough to see this movie BEFORE it was released in theaters with a Q and A portion after the film, with the director, Mike Mills. he was every bit as charming and clever as his film and his personality could be clearly seen in the film's character. I'd recommend this movie to anyone who appreciates a good laugh, a good story, or a touching picture of what it means to be human.


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