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The Chumscrubber (2005)

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

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Parent #1 (as Kathy Copeland)
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Student #1 (as David Ellsion)
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Susan Hegarty ...
Aide to Mayor Ebbs
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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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 USA:

$28,548, 7 August 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$49,526, 14 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 »

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When Dean and Crystal are talking in the lunch line, the same female extra walks by twice in only a few seconds. See more »

Quotes

Officer Lou Bratley: Okay - so, now, you want to tell me about this fight at the mall?
Dean Stiffle: No. Not really, no.
Dr. Bill Stiffle: Dean, make an effort for me, please. I'm sure there is a reasonable explanation for all this, officer.
Officer Lou Bratley: I'm all ears.
Dr. Bill Stiffle: Dean?
Dean Stiffle: ...The guy at the mall was Billy. He and the other two forced me to steal drugs from my friend, Troy.
Officer Lou Bratley: Troy? Who's this Troy?
Dean Stiffle: Troy Johnson. He's dead.
Dr. Bill Stiffle: He committed suicide, sir.
Officer Lou Bratley: I don't understand.
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Pure Morning
Performed by Placebo
Written by Brian Molko and Placebo
Courtesy of Virgin Records
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I don't know about you, but I liked it.
15 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

I just watched this movie last night, and I can see this movie as being one you either really like, or you really hate. I personally found it very interesting, especially in the portrayal of suburbia being "perfect," but when you look closer everyone has just as many flaws as any other person. The performances are solid as well as the soundtrack, but sometimes the movie moves a little slow, but then again what movie doesn't? If you are not tired of the typical teen angst movie, then I suggest this movie. Although some people gave this a very bad review, I suggest you to just keep an open mind while watching it, you probably won't be disappointed. There are only a few flaws throughout the movie, and also it exaggerates parents not paying attention to their kids very much and has a few unbelievable moments, but some of it is just because of the satire. I really liked this movie and I hope you do too!


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