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Thumbsucker -- Justin throws himself and everyone around him into chaos when he attempts to break free from his addiction to his thumb.
Thumbsucker -- Justin throws himself and everyone around him into chaos when he attempts to break free from his addiction to his thumb.
Thumbsucker -- 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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Writers:
Walter Kirn (novel)
Mike Mills (written by)
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Release Date:
28 October 2005 (Ireland) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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5 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Ted Beckman ... Stoner Guy

Benjamin Bratt ... Matt Schramm

Vincent D'Onofrio ... Mike Cobb
Arvin V. Entena ... Perry Lyman's Assistant
Tyler Gannon ... Stoner Chick

Kelli Garner ... Rebecca
Allen Go ... Biology Teacher

Dakota Goldhor ... Girl on Plane

Walter Kirn ... Debate Judge
Kit Koenig ... Principal
Sarah Lucht ... English Teacher

Eric Normington ... Hotel Desk Clerk

Nancy O'Dell ... Herself
Lanette Prazeau ... School Nurse

Lou Taylor Pucci ... Justin Cobb (as Lou Pucci)

Keanu Reeves ... Perry Lyman

Bob Stephenson ... Debate Official

Chase Offerle ... Joel Cobb

Tilda Swinton ... Audrey Cobb

Colton Vaughan Evans ... Ten-Year-Old Justin (as Colton Tanner)

Vince Vaughn ... Mr. Geary
Sarah Bing ... Debater Sasha - 'I Only Drink Beer'
Echo Brooks ... Debater Elise - 'TV Violence Kills Morality'
Olivia D. Brown ... Debater Ashley - The Stone-Faced Killer (as Olivia Brown)
Patrick Chu ... Debater Kevin - 'You're Missing My Point'
Sarah Iverson ... Debater Rene - 'Anybody Want Any Peach Schnapps?'
Lin Lu ... Debater Kate - 'Accountability Needs to Be Enforced.'
Maura McNamara ... Debater Lisa - 'You're Right. TV's Not Real'

Mahdad Rezaujan ... Debater Mark - 'Whatever, Speedfreak'
Teresa Alonso ... 'The Line' - Woman in Labor

Robert Blanche ... 'The Line' - Partner

Phaedra ... 'The Line' - Love Interest (as Phaedra Pardue)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mason Bromberg ... 4 year old Justin
Carissa Becker ... High School Student (uncredited)

Ayanna Berkshire ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)

Connor Bond ... Extra (uncredited)
Brandon Carmody ... Extra (uncredited)
Jim Cartwright ... Extra (uncredited)

Rose Colasanti ... Mailboxes Etc. Employee (uncredited)
Garrett Courtney ... Third Debater (uncredited)
Chet Gainer ... Debate Judge (uncredited)
Daniel Goldwasser ... Background (uncredited)
Holly Hargrave ... Seminar Businessperson (uncredited)
Kat Hargrave ... Race Enthusiast with Backpack (uncredited)
Andrew Hopkins ... Extra (uncredited)
Mona Jiveh ... Student (uncredited)
Jonathan La Mantia ... Race Enthusiast with Glasses & Shark Tooth (uncredited)

Sherilyn Lawson ... Bobby Blount's Mother (uncredited)
Erin Michael ... Paparazzi (uncredited)
Charles Query ... Debate Coach (uncredited)
Brittany Rice ... Extra (uncredited)
Barry Seltzer ... Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
Mike Mills 
 
Writing credits
Walter Kirn (novel)

Mike Mills (written by)

Produced by
Anthony Bregman .... producer
Anne Carey .... executive producer
Callum Greene .... line producer
Ted Hope .... executive producer
Cathy Schulman .... executive producer
Sara Seiferheld .... associate producer: Directors Bureau
Jay Shapiro .... co-executive producer
Bob Stephenson .... producer
Tilda Swinton .... co-executive producer
Bob Yari .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Tim DeLaughter  (as Tim Delaughter)
 
Cinematography by
Joaquín Baca-Asay (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Haines Hall 
Angus Wall 
 
Casting by
Jeanne McCarthy  (as Jeanne Mccarthy)
 
Production Design by
Judy Becker 
 
Art Direction by
Walter Cahall 
 
Set Decoration by
Heather Loeffler 
 
Costume Design by
April Napier 
 
Makeup Department
Jorjee Douglas .... key makeup artist (as Jorjee Douglass)
Lori Guidroz .... key hair stylist: Los Angeles additional crew
Asia Sage .... assistant make-up (as Asia D. Sage)
 
Production Management
Callum Greene .... unit production manager
Robert Katz .... executive in charge of production
Kathy Krause .... production supervisor
Robert Leveen .... unit production manager: Los Angeles additional crew
Diana Tauder .... post-production supervisor
John Portnoy .... post-production executive (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Haze J.F. Bergeron III .... first assistant director (as Haze JF Bergeron III)
Kathy Krause .... second second assistant director
Casey Mako .... second assistant director: Los Angeles additional crew
Casey Mako .... second second assistant director
Dawn Massaro .... second assistant director (as Dawn Massaro-Adams)
Rod Smith .... first assistant director: Los Angeles additional crew
 
Art Department
Lili Abir .... production designer: Los Angeles additional crew
Philip Blackburn .... set dresser (as Phil Blackburn)
Robert L. Bloch .... painter
Greg Brown .... art department production assistant
Levi Cummings .... painter
Ken Erck .... painter (as Ken Erch)
Sean Fong .... leadman
Adam Johnson .... set dresser
Jeffrey Brian Johnson .... assistant property master
Jeffrey Paul Johnson .... assistant props (as Jeff Johnson)
Chris Lastomirsky .... painter
Mark Loring .... painter
Don Lundell .... painter (as Donald Lundell)
Chris McFadden .... property master (as Christopher McFadden)
Brendan McKeon .... set dresser
Drew Pinniger .... assistant property master
Drew Pinniger .... on-set dresser
Suzanne Twining .... art department production assistant
Carl Winter .... assistant props
Matt Kubas .... art department crew (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Randy Babajtis .... sound effects editor
Jeremy Balko .... foley editor
Jeremy Balko .... foley mixer
Richard Bullock Jr. .... boom operator (as Rich Bullock)
Dhyana Carlton-Tims .... assistant dialogue editor
David Chornow .... sound mixer: Los Angeles additional crew
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer
Jerry Gilbert .... re-recording mixer
Russ Gorsline .... additional adr
Scott Hinkley .... post sound recordist
Spencer Johnson .... foley editor
Jeana Lasser .... assistant sound editor
Glenn Micallef .... production sound mixer
Jonathan Miller .... supervising sound editor
Andrew Patterson .... adr editor
Andrew Patterson .... dialogue editor
Vic Radulich .... dialogue editor
Shelley Roden .... foley artist
Kent Sparling .... sound designer
Christopher Sposa .... boom operator: Los Angeles additional crew (as Chris Sposa)
Liz Troiano .... assistant sound editor
Jonathan Wales .... re-recording mixer
James Wright .... sound consultant: Dolby
Neil Cedar .... adr recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Kelly Meenen .... special effects technician: Los Angeles additional crew (as Kelly Meenan)
Kai Shelton .... special effects coordinator
 
Visual Effects by
Kevin Batten .... executive producer: Brand New School
Marc Canas .... film technician: Pacific Title Imaging
Dickson Chow .... 3d artist: Brand New School
Eduardo Cisneros .... film technician: Pacific Title Imaging
Thomas Clary .... production coordinator: Pacific Title (as Tom Clary)
Alan De Castro .... dustbuster: Pacific Title
Andy Doan .... title layout: Pacific Title
Larry Flynn .... colorist: Pacific Title
Jens Gehlhaar .... designer: Brand New School
David Geoghegan .... digital optical compositor: Pacific Title
Annie Godin .... line producer: Buzz Image
Craig Houchin .... producer: Brand New School
Darren Jaffe .... producer: Brand New School
Travis Kelly .... film technician: Pacific Title Imaging
Ara Khanikian .... compositor: Buzz Image
Ladd Lanford .... executive producer: Pacific Title
Alan Latteri .... flame artist: Brand New School
Han Lee .... animator: Brand New School
Jonathan Mecenas .... film technician: Pacific Title Imaging
Marie-Christine Mercier .... coordinator: Buzz Image
Gavin Miljkovich .... flame artist: Brand New School
Louis Morin .... visual effects supervisor: Buzz Image
Brian Nogle .... imaging supervisor: Pacific Title Imaging
Scott Purdy .... production coordinator: Pacific Title Imaging
Ana Ricabal .... production coordinator: Pacific Title Imaging
Greg Rodin .... colorist: Pacific Title Imaging
Jared Ross .... film technician: Pacific Title Imaging
Marc Ross .... production manager: Pacific Title Imaging
Matt Seckman .... digital optical compositor: Pacific Title (as Matthew Seckman)
Carrie Spillane .... associate producer: Pacific Title
Francis Yu .... dustbuster: Pacific Title
Louis Morin .... visual effects producer (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Steve Buckley .... stunt coordinator (as Stephen Buckley)
Chad Stahelski .... stunts: Mr. Reeves
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Melani C. Brown .... camera production assistant (as Melani Brown)
John Brunold .... key grip: Los Angeles additional crew
Todd Cole .... photographer: special projects
Jim Dunn .... additional grip (as Jim C. Dunn)
T.G. Firestone .... camera production assistant
Bruce 'Sarge' Fleskes .... best boy electric
Kari Fouts .... camera production assistant
Jim Frohna .... gaffer
Brian Fuller .... additional second assistant camera
Mike Hanauska .... grip
D.J. Harder .... first assistant camera (as DJ Harder)
David R. Kohn .... additional electric (as David Kohn)
Brent Lawson .... best boy grip (as Brent T. Lawson)
Brian C. Lawson .... additional grip
Bruce Lawson .... key grip
Rachael Levine .... camera operator
Matthew May .... additional electric
Shauna McGarry .... video assist
Jason Neuman .... 24 frame playback
David O'Brien .... second assistant camera: Los Angeles additional crew
Terrance O'Connor .... best boy grip: Los Angeles additional crew (as Terrence O'Connor)
Stephen Purcell .... additional electric
Rebecca Revak .... second assistant camera (as Becky Revak)
Leonard Romie .... additional electric
Shane Salyards .... best boy electric: Los Angeles additional crew
Chris Steele .... additional electric
Joel Stirnkorb .... additional grip
Shawn Sundby .... additional grip
Albert Tablanza .... additional electric
Scott Walters .... electric (as Scott A. Walters)
James Walton .... 24 frame playback
James WilderHancock .... additional grip (as James Wilder Hancock)
James Winters .... additional electric
 
Casting Department
John Srednicki .... casting assistant
Steve Waters .... extras casting assistant
Seth Yanklewitz .... casting associate
Jennifer McNamara .... additional casting (uncredited)
Dawnn Pavlonnis .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Megann Ratzow .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tamy Cropper .... set costumer (as Tamela 'Tamy' Cropper)
Leslie Gilbertson .... costumer
Marychris Mass .... wardrobe supervisor
Christie Wittenborn .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
David Sven Anderson .... assistant editor
Bob Fredrickson .... color timer
George Koran .... telecine colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Julie Doyle .... musician: featuring member of The Polyphonic Spree
Audrey Easley .... musician: featuring member of The Polyphonic Spree
Richard Glasser .... music consultant: Yari Film Group
Jessie Hester .... musician: featuring member of The Polyphonic Spree
Evan Hisey .... musician: featuring member of The Polyphonic Spree
Jennifer Jobe-Penn .... musician: featuring member of The Polyphonic Spree
Jessica Jordan .... musician: featuring member of The Polyphonic Spree
Logan Keese .... musician: featuring member of The Polyphonic Spree
Jennie Kelley .... musician: featuring member of The Polyphonic Spree
Jill Meyers .... music business affairs
Rick Nelson .... musician: featuring member of The Polyphonic Spree
Mark Pirro .... musician: featuring member of The Polyphonic Spree
Mark Pirro .... score engineer & mixer: at Placid Audio Studios, Dallas, Texas
The Polyphonic Spree .... original music performed by
Ricky Rasura .... musician: featuring member of The Polyphonic Spree
James Reimer .... musician: featuring member of The Polyphonic Spree
Brian Reitzell .... music supervisor
Kelly Repka .... musician: featuring member of The Polyphonic Spree
Louis Schwardon .... musician: featuring member of The Polyphonic Spree
Elliott Smith .... additional songs
The Speekers .... original score producer
Michael Turner .... musician: featuring member of The Polyphonic Spree
Bryan Wakeland .... musician: featuring member of The Polyphonic Spree
 
Transportation Department
Nik Edgerton .... driver (as Nicholas J. Edgerton)
Larry Gudgel .... driver (as Larry Godgel)
David Norris .... transportation coordinator
Eric Solmonson .... driver
Don Williams .... driver
 
Other crew
Stefanie Azpiazu .... assistant: Mr. Bregman
Peter Barnett .... chef: Premiere Catering
Jason Biggs .... chef: Premiere Catering
Marty Brantley .... executive director: The Oregon Economic and Communiy Development Department
Dennis Brenhaug .... production assistant
Penny Brown .... accounting clerk (as Penny Sweeting)
Sarah Burch .... set intern
Fernando Cardenas .... production assistant
Kari A. Coleman .... office production assistant (as Kari Coleman)
Maureen Duffy .... completion bond: Film Finances, Inc.
Heather Elliott .... office production assistant
Paula Estoup .... assistant production coordinator
John B. Finn .... post-production accounting (as John Finn)
Felicia Flick .... assistant: Ms. Schulman
Jody Forness .... set intern
Brendan Fowler .... assistant: : Joe Mills
Kelli Gillam .... post-production accounting
Kevin Asher Green .... production assistant
Michael Hansen .... unit publicist: Eddie Michaels and Associates
Andrea Hanson .... assistant: Mr. Yari
Kether Hayden .... set intern
Emily Henderson .... production assistant
Miriam Hess .... production assistant
Eric Hill .... production assistant
Doug Hobart .... location manager
Traci Hoiting .... technical consultant: Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
Ted Kulongoski .... governor: State of Oregon
Kyle Kwon .... set intern
Sara Lane .... production accountant
Kevin H. Law .... production coordinator: Los Angeles additional crew (as Kevin Law)
Chris Lawson .... talent coordinator
Ken Legros .... assistant chef: Premiere Catering
Richard D. Lewis .... finance & production: Yari Film Group
Michael J. Linowes .... production legal services: Linowes & Burkin (as Michael J. Linowes Esq.)
Samantha Mason .... set intern
Elaine Murphy .... technical consultant
Diane J. Neely-Esch .... technical consultant: Portland Hypnosis & Counseling Center (as Diane J. Neely-Esch M.A.)
Evan Nelson .... production assistant
Craig Ortner .... technical consultant
Brent Parris .... title coordinator: Pacific Title
Matt Petras .... location manager: Los Angeles additional crew
Paula Ratoza .... animal trainer: Feathers & Fur
Veronica Rinard .... executive director: Oregon Film and Video Office
Dan Rodriguez .... technical consultant (as Dr. Dan Rodriguez)
Julanne Sandoz .... technical consultant: Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
Taylor Saxon .... set medic (as Saxon A. Taylor)
Bob Schmaling .... project manager: Oregon Film and Video Office
Paula Schmit .... completion bond: Film Finances, Inc.
Gabe Smith .... key set production assistant
Gordon Sondland .... chairman: Oregon Film and Video Office Board
Shelly Strong .... production executive: Yari Film Group
Daniel Stutz .... business & legal affairs: Yari Film Group
Megan Swift .... assistant chef: Premiere Catering
Teresa Tamiyasu .... product placement
Michael Taylor .... script supervisor
Nadia Venesse .... dialect coach
Diana Victor .... business affairs executive: This Is That
Jen Wall .... production coordinator (as Jennifer Wall)
Robert Warberg .... assistant location manager (as Bobby Warberg)
Ian Watermeier .... staff coordinator: Yari Film Group
Patsy Williams .... craft service
Derek Wilson .... location production assistant
Kurt Woolner .... completion bond: Film Finances, Inc.
Luke Gale .... production assistant (uncredited)
Suraj Gohill .... production lender (uncredited)
Jonathan Heine .... production financing (uncredited)
Craig Johnson .... stand-in: Vincent D'Onofrio (uncredited)
Craig Michaelson .... stand-in: Vincent D'Onofrio (uncredited)
Susan Moen .... stand-in: Tilda Swinton (uncredited)
Claire Pacacha .... assistant: Anne Carey (uncredited)
Eric Papa .... assistant: Ted Hope (uncredited)
Andrew Ticer .... location assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Brian Ades .... special thanks: for support
Air .... special thanks: for support
Aliya Allyn .... special thanks: for support
Tim Allyn .... special thanks: for support
Bob Amon .... special thanks: for support
Malaika Amon .... special thanks: for support
Meredith Amon .... special thanks: for support
Miguel Arteta .... special thanks: for support
Penny Bakefelt .... special thanks: for support
Jeremy Barber .... special thanks: for support
Beck .... special thanks: for support (as Beck Hansen)
Jon Beil .... special thanks: for support
Albert Berger .... special thanks: for support
Mark Borthwick .... special thanks: for support
Akira Bregman .... special thanks: for support
Ned Brown .... special thanks: for support
Andy Bruntel .... special thanks: for support
Steve Buscemi .... special thanks: for support
Kyogen Carlson .... special thanks: for support, Dharma Rain Zen Center
Linda Carlson .... special thanks: for support
Jennifer Chiba .... special thanks
Cayce Chambers Cole .... special thanks: for support
Roman Coppola .... special thanks: for support
Sofia Coppola .... special thanks: for support
Clare Crespo .... special thanks: for support
Lisa Crook .... special thanks: for support
Jonathan Dayton .... special thanks: for support
D.V. DeVincentis .... special thanks: for support (as DV DeVincentis)
Frank DiMarco .... special thanks: for support (as Frank Dimarco)
Roger Drake .... special thanks: for support, mayor of City of Beaverton
Jean-Benoît Dunckel .... special thanks: for support (as Jean Benoit Dunckel)
Julie Durk .... special thanks: for support
Cory Elshire .... special thanks: for support
Valerie Faris .... special thanks: for support
David Fincher .... special thanks: for support
Timothy Gary .... special thanks: for support
Nicolas Godin .... special thanks: for support
Rick Gold .... special thanks: for support
Samantha Gore .... special thanks: for support
Meredith Grindlinger .... special thanks: for support
Lisa Hallerman .... special thanks: for support
Tim Harbert .... special thanks: for support
Takashi Homma .... special thanks: for support
Sharon Jackson .... special thanks: for support (as Sharon Sheinwold)
Spike Jonze .... special thanks: for support
Susan Kauffman .... special thanks: for support
Jeff Klitzner .... special thanks: for support
Richard Klubeck .... special thanks: for support
Blair Kohan .... special thanks: for support (as Blair Belcher)
Lee Kromschroeder .... special thanks: for support
Ang Lee .... special thanks: for support
Linda Lichter .... special thanks: for support
Evan Lynch .... special thanks: for support
Lisa Margulis .... special thanks: for support
Ryan McGinley .... special thanks: for support
Tim Morgan .... special thanks: for support
Viggo Mortensen .... special thanks: for support
Raquel Munoz-Flores .... special thanks: for support
Christopher Neil .... special thanks: for support (as Chris Neil)
Cheryl Nelson .... special thanks: for support
Buckley Norris .... special thanks: for support
Tom Nunan .... special thanks: for support
Greg Pestoni .... special thanks: for support
Aaron Rose .... special thanks: for support
Arleen Rosenberg .... special thanks: for support
Robin Roth .... special thanks: for support
Ren Ryu .... special thanks: for support
Neissan Saber .... special thanks: for support
Neil Sacker .... special thanks: for support
Janet Salas .... special thanks: for support
Joan Scheckel .... special thanks: for support
Greta Seacat .... special thanks: for support
Arya Senboularaj .... special thanks: for support (as Arya Senboutaraj)
Anneli Shearer .... special thanks: for support
Shynola .... special thanks: for support
Elliott Smith .... special thanks
Chad Stahelski .... special thanks: for support
Nancy Steiner .... special thanks: for support
Erwin Stoff .... special thanks: for support
Ed Templeton .... special thanks: for support
Mala Vasan .... special thanks: for support
Andrew Kevin Walker .... special thanks: for support
Brad Waskewich .... special thanks: for support
Austin Weisenbeck .... special thanks: for support
Ashley Welch .... special thanks
Bunny Welch .... special thanks
Megan Wentworth .... special thanks: for support
Deborah Wettstein .... special thanks: for support
Melissa White .... special thanks: for support
Debbie Williamson-Smith .... special thanks: for support
Hughes Winborne .... special thanks: for support
Matt Wuerker .... special thanks: for support
Janet Young .... special thanks: for support, manager of City of Beaverton Economic Development
Catherine Zappa .... special thanks: for support
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for drug/alcohol use and sexuality involving teens, language and a disturbing image
Runtime:
96 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as 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:
[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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Movie Connections:
Spoofs "In Living Color" (1990)See more »
Soundtrack:
ThirteenSee more »

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67 out of 78 people found the following review useful.
Your Thumb Doesn't Need You, 29 September 2005
Author: David Ferguson (fergusontx@gmail.com) from Dallas, Texas

Greetings again from the darkness. Very few things provide me the thrill of watching a movie with a great story, interesting characters, wonderful acting and professional direction. This is the case even when I realize that of all the people I know, 97 out of 100 will not see the film. Such is "Thumbsucker".

Director and co-writer Mike Mills presents the film version of Walter Kirn's novel and nails the issues we all face with relationships and life. So many teen angst movies provide us one dimensional adults or even one dimensional teens. This film shows the struggles we all face at every age and every stage in life. Catherine Hardwicke's "Thirteen" was a powerful movie focusing on girls. "Thumbsucker" is every bit as powerful, if not a bit softer in its approach.

Relative newcomer Lou Taylor Pucci is stunning and brilliant as Justin, the seventeen year old thumbsucker who, along with 98% of the others his age, just can't seem to figure out what its all about. His character turns out to be one of the lucky ones who finally determines that none of us really get it. That includes his friends, parents, teachers, orthodontist and celebrities.

The supporting actors are stellar and very well cast. Justin's parents are played well by the great Tilda Swinton (slightly underused here) and Vincent D'Onofrio. His hypnotist would-be guru orthodontist is hilariously played by Keanu Reeves and Benjamin Bratt is the TV celeb whom Justin's mom carries a torch for. Vince Vaughn flashes some real acting chops as Justin's Debate Team sponsor. This is not the typical punchline Vince that we have come to expect. A real standout is Kelli Garner as Rebecca, Justin's first crush. This role was originally going to Scarlett Johansson which would have been a mistake. Garner is so believable as the would be world saver if she could just understand why everyone acts the way they do. Looking forward to more of her work.

For a movie that tackles such tough subject matter, it does an amazing job of keeping the viewer from being depressed. There is actually hope in the message. The soundtrack was a bit of a distraction at times, but not enough to ruin any particular scene. Also, there is a story line about Ridlin and ADHD that would require a thesis to to describe my disgust. This is a film that deserves a bigger audience than it will reach. Sadly, too many will line up to see "Proof" which only impersonates an important film.

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