Thumbsucker (2005)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  7 October 2005 (USA)
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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
Matt Schramm
Arvin V. Entena ...
Perry Lyman's Assistant
Tyler Gannon ...
Stoner Chick
Allen Go ...
Biology Teacher
Girl on Plane
Debate Judge
Kit Koenig ...
Sarah Lucht ...
English Teacher
Hotel Desk Clerk
Lanette Prazeau ...
School Nurse
Justin Cobb (as Lou Pucci)


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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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

7 October 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Basparmak  »

Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Lou Taylor Pucci and Kelli Garner have also worked together on another project. In Green Day's music video for "Jesus of Suburbia," Pucci plays the role of St. Jimmy/"Jesus of Suburbia" and Garner plays the role of "Whatsername." See more »


A microphone can be seen when Justin is bringing his prize back home. See more »


[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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Crazy Credits

Special thanks to the people of Beaverton and Portland, Oregon, for their generous contributions to the making of this feature film. See more »


Spoofs In Living Color (1990) See more »


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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good movie after all
17 August 2005 | by (Long Beach, CA) – See all my reviews

I was really expecting to not like Thumbsucker. I don't care for "teen angst" movies. Now having seen Thumbsucker, I'm really confused as to why Sony would market it in this genre (teen angst = teen $, I guess) and why its below the 5-star mark here at IMDb. It's really a remarkable movie. When it hits its stride, about 30 minutes in, it gets to places that few movies ever get to with respects to growing up, family dynamics, being a teen, being an adult, just generally being human.

When I saw Thumbsucker, the screening was followed up with Q&A with the director and a few of the actors. Apparently they were all pretty dedicated to their rehearsals and developing the character's relationships. Their hard work paid off with an exceptional movie.

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