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The Chumscrubber (2005)

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A darkly satiric story about life crumbling in the midst of a seemingly idyllic suburbia.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kathi Copeland ...
Parent #1 (as Kathy Copeland)
Thomas Curtis ...
Student #1 (as David Ellsion)
Parent #2
Susan Hegarty ...
Aide to Mayor Ebbs


The Chumscrubber starts out with Troy, a normal teenager who supplies "feel good" pills to everyone in his high school (this way he spreads happiness all around). But when his friend Dean pays him a visit, Dean discovers Troy has hanged himself in his bedroom during one of his mother's pool parties. After the death, three local teens: Billy, Lee, and Crystal, want what's left of Troy's stash of pills and they know that Dean is the only one who knows where they are. But when Dean refuses to get the pills, the three teens kidnap Dean's little brother, until they realize they've kidnapped the wrong kid. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Fear. Trust. Love. See more »


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, violent content, drug material and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 October 2006 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Arie Posin Project  »

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Box Office


$6,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,548, 7 August 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$49,526, 14 August 2005
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Justin Chatwin plays a neighborhood drug dealer in "Weeds" as well. See more »


When Billy is hit by the police car and is airborne, he sees an aircraft that he identifies as a P-38 Lightning. The aircraft in question was used during WWII. It was a twin piston-engine, propeller-driven, multirole fighter-bomber. Again, the twin contrails shown would have been unlikely to have formed. See more »


Dr. Bill Stiffle: Mrs. Johnson suspects that Troy might have been selling drugs to some other kids at school.
Dean Stiffle: Yeah?
Dr. Bill Stiffle: How do you feel about that?
Dean Stiffle: I feel that it must have been unfulfilling for him.
Dr. Bill Stiffle: That's very interesting. Why do you say that?
Dean Stiffle: Because he killed himself.
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Bridge to Nowhere
Performed by The Like
Written by Z Berg
Courtesy of Geffen Records
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Wow, a movie that gives teens their due!
7 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

This movie really impressed me by how realistically it treated teenagers and their capabilities. A lot of movies regard teens as immature or ignorant of "grown up" problems, but we aren't. Age doesn't dictate maturity or knowledge, it's just the amount of time you've lived on earth. Another thing that I really enjoyed was seeing parents' mistakes blown up instead. It's crazy to think about, but a lot of homes really are like that and I think it's horrible. The Chumscrubber was amazing in that it accented real problems with today's society openly, without buffers to appease the audience. The director had a message, and he said it, without reference to anyone else, or to how well the movie would do. I find that kind of honesty in a movie refreshing. Plus, the movie was brilliant anyways.

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