The Chumscrubber (2005)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  5 October 2006 (Germany)
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A darkly satiric story about life crumbling in the midst of a seemingly idyllic suburbia.



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Kathi Copeland ...
Parent #1 (as Kathy Copeland)
Student #1 (as David Ellsion)
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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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Comedy | Drama

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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:

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


$49,526 (USA) (12 August 2005)

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2.35 : 1
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The movie stars both Jamie Bell and Lou Taylor Pucci, who were both featured in music videos by Green Day from the "American Idiot" album. Bell appears in "Wake Me Up When September Ends" and Pucci appears in "Jesus of Suburbia" as St. Jimmy. 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 »


Dean Stiffle: I read the statistics, that the average kid sees something like, 10,000 dead bodies on TV before he turns 18.
Crystal Falls: Is that what it was like? Like TV?
Dean Stiffle: No - it wasn't like that at all.
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Wow, a movie that gives teens their due!
7 June 2006 | by (Alberta, Canada) – 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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