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
Lou Taylor Pucci and Jamie Bell who both star in this film were both in music videos for Green Day, and Justin Chatwin who's character bares a striking resemblance to Billie Joe Armstrong is named Billy in this film. See more »
When Dean and Crystal are talking in the lunch line, the same female extra walks by twice in only a few seconds. See more »
[on a morbid cartoon everyone is watching]
I live in the city, in an apartment high above the cloud left by the blast. I'm one of the lucky ones. One morning, I awoke to find that my head was no longer attached to my body. I'm not dead, but who could call this a life? So I do what I can, in this world of freaks and subhuman creatures. I became... The Chumscrubber.
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Bridge to Nowhere
Performed by The Like
Written by Z Berg
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If you are a fan of Independent American Cinema then this film is a must as it is a beautiful and clever criticism of modern suburban (American) life and its effect on the family structure. It has themes of social alienation, which are pre-eminent, as are the themes of artificial happiness and self absorption. Many of the performances are top drawer as are the unexpected cameos and all of these aspects culminate to a cult dark comedy.
Some will be pre-emptive as the film is about drugs, teenagers, high school, bullying and well-worn characters with a cool soundtrack thrown in for good measure. Yet through utilising some inventiveness the film re-tells the clichés of the classic dramatic traditions of tragedy and comedy via a funeral and a wedding and rewards the viewer with the questioning and re-evaluation of such tragedy and comedy.
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