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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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Storyline

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

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Fear. Trust. Love. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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

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5 October 2006 (Germany)  »

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Untitled Arie Posin Project  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$28,548 (USA) (5 August 2005)

Gross:

$49,526 (USA) (12 August 2005)
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One of the two movies released in 2005 that starred Glenn Close, Jason Isaacs, and William Fichtner as part of the ensemble casting. The other film was Nine Lives (2005). See more »

Goofs

Before Dean unlocks the door to Troy's apartment, there's a shot where you see Dean from inside Troy's apartment. In that shot, you can see the gap between the door and the door frame that the deadbolt is not locked. You can also see the thumbscrew on the door knob is in the typical unlocked position. But Troy gets a hidden key to unlock a door that's not locked. See more »

Quotes

Dean Stiffle: Hello?
Crystal Falls: Dean?
Dean Stiffle: ...Jesus, can't you guys just leave me alone?
Crystal Falls: I'd love to Dean, but I can't.
Dean Stiffle: Yeah, why not?
Crystal Falls: I need your help.
Dean Stiffle: Yeah, I doubt that.
Crystal Falls: You know it all, huh?
Dean Stiffle: What do you want, Crystal?
Crystal Falls: Well, you know when Billy said he kidnapped your brother?
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Our House
Performed by Phantom Planet
Written by Graham Nash
Courtesy of Epic Records by arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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Very creative and quirky. May become a classic. Don't miss it.
28 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was expecting not to relate well to this film, even though I wanted to like it as our son was the director of photography. I had heard that it was similar to American Beauty which I liked but I didn't need another film about dysfunctional middle and upper class families living in suburbia.I was very pleasantly surprised when I saw it on Tuesday night, July 26th in Portland at a screening. The script is incredibly creative and not at all like American Beauty. It is unfair to compare the two films. In addition, the acting, the directing, and of course, the cinematography are superb as is the music. There is humor to break the tension. The film, itself, keeps one wide awake and waiting to see what will happen to each of the characters. I was not at all disappointed and plan to see it again as I believe there are layers in this film that one will catch in repeated viewings. It is hard to tell anyone what this film is about as it doesn't fit any particular genre, but don't miss it as I think this is the kind of film that people will be talking about for a long time.


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