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Thumbsucker (2005)

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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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Justin is browsing through a copy of 'Be Here Now,' Ram Dass' 1960s new-age classic, while in the orthodontist's waiting room. See more »


It is stated that Ritalin and cocaine have only three molecules different. Both are actually single molecules. Although similar in shape, there are several atoms difference. 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 »


References Access Hollywood (1996) See more »


Written by Cat Stevens
Performed by Elliott Smith
Courtesy of DreamWorks Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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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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