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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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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
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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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Joel Cobb: You ever think maybe you're so busy being weird, that I have to step up and be normal?
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Austin Movie Show review
9 October 2005 | by (Austin, TX) – See all my reviews

I sucked my thumb as a child. But unlike Lou Taylor Pucci's character in this film, I had quit sucking my thumb long before high school. Justin is a senior in high school, he's shy, awkward, insecure, and his self-esteem is not helped by the fact that he's a 17 year-old thumbsucker. At its core, Thumbsucker is an adorable teenage comedy about addictions, bad habits, and the emotional crutches we reply on whenever we feel pain. Thanks to his hippy, new-age orthodontist (Keanu Reeves), Justin is hypnotized into thinking his thumb tastes horrible, so he quits. But the end of one addiction merely marks the beginning of the next, and Justin soon convinces himself that his ADHD medication will change his life. But why are we so consumed with changing? Is thumb-sucking really such a bad habit after all? It's healthier than smoking crack. Thumbsucker is pure joy from beginning to end.


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