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The Chumscrubber -- The death of a troubled teen throws a suburban neighborhood into chaos in this darkly satirical comedy.
The Chumscrubber -- The Chumscrubber is a darkly satiric story about life crumbling in the midst of a seemingly idyllic suburbia.


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Zac Stanford (screenplay)
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Directed by
Arie Posin 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Arie Posin  story
Zac Stanford  screenplay

Produced by
Lawrence Bender .... producer
Michael Beugg .... executive producer
Susanne Bohnet .... co-producer
Lee Clay .... co-producer
Bonnie Curtis .... producer
Manfred D. Heid .... co-producer (as Manfred Heid)
Gerd Koechlin .... co-producer
Josef Lautenschlager .... executive producer
Philip Levinson .... executive producer
Andreas Thiesmeyer .... executive producer
Todd Williams .... co-producer
Bob Yari .... executive producer
Original Music by
James Horner 
Cinematography by
Lawrence Sher (director of photography)
Film Editing by
William S. Scharf  (as William Scharf)
Arthur Schmidt 
Casting by
Anya Colloff 
Amy McIntyre Britt 
Production Design by
Patti Podesta 
Art Direction by
Christopher Tandon 
Set Decoration by
Danielle Berman 
Maria Nay 
Costume Design by
Mary Claire Hannan 
Makeup Department
Enzo Angileri .... hair stylist: Glenn Close
Tammy Ashmore .... key makeup artist
Eric Bernard .... hair stylist: Glenn Close (as Eric Barnard)
Nathan J. Busch II .... hair department head (as Nathan Busch)
Iraina Crenshaw .... key hair stylist
Lumas Hamilton Jr. .... additional hair stylist (as Lumas Hamilton)
Cathy Highland .... makeup artist: Glenn Close
John E. Jackson .... makeup department head
Fay Kelly .... additional hair stylist
Amy Lederman .... additional makeup artist
Roseanne McIlvane .... additional makeup artist
Production Management
Robert Katz .... executive in charge of production
Patty Long .... production supervisor
John Portnoy .... post-production executive
John Portnoy .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anne Berger .... second second assistant director
Max Berryhill .... second assistant director (as M.C. 'Max' Berryhill)
Cas Donovan .... first assistant director
Michael Helfand .... first assistant director
Anthony E. Kountz .... second second assistant director (as Anthony Kountz)
David Lowery .... second unit director
Bill Maher .... second unit director
Art Department
Marco Arcipreste .... propmaker
Sharon Barnebey .... painter
James Barron .... propmaker
Curt Beech .... assistant art director
David Benavides .... set dresser
Daniel Bergman .... general construction foreman
Danielle Berman .... assistant set decorator
James Bittl .... greensperson
Wren Boney .... set dresser (as Laura Wren Boney)
Barry Caraco .... propmaker
Denis Cordova .... construction coordinator
Tom Day .... assistant property master (as Thomas Day)
Aaron Dick .... set dresser
William Dunlap .... set dresser
Jeremy Eason .... art worker
Franco Esile .... set dresser
Kasra Farahani .... illustrator
Joseph Fedo .... on-set dresser (as Joe Fedo)
Trixie Gardner .... set dresser (as Shannon Spinella)
Dick Girod .... paint foreman (as Richard Girod)
Jim Gmuer .... set dresser (as James Gmuer)
Yoo Jung Han .... art worker (as Yoojung Han)
Terry Harsha .... propmaker
Beatriz Kerti .... art department coordinator
Kim Lincoln .... graphic designer
David Lowery .... storyboard artist
Cristina Lyra .... art worker
Bill MacSems .... assistant property master
Edward J. McCarthy .... leadperson (as Ed McCarthy)
Michael O'Donnell .... set dresser
Missy Parker .... assistant set decorator
Chris Pascuzzo .... leadperson (as Christopher Pascuzzo)
Francis Pennington .... propmaker
Andrew Petrotta .... property master (as Drew Petrotta)
Alejandro Poli .... painter
Charles Pridmore .... greensperson
Jeffrey Seay .... painter
Erin Smith .... assistant set decorator
John Villarino .... construction coordinator
Joseph Wittenberg .... painter
Michael Wittenberg .... painter
Darin Woldman .... propmaker
Timothy Oakley .... prop fabricator (uncredited)
Andre Sowards .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Randy Babajtis .... sound effects editor
Jeremy Balko .... adr mixer
Jeremy Balko .... foley mixer
Matthew C. Beville .... foley supervisor
Peter Brown .... supervising sound editor
Richard Burton .... sound effects editor
Dhyana Carlton-Tims .... assistant dialogue editor
Jason England .... dialogue editor
Stephen Hunter Flick .... sound designer
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer
Scott Hinkley .... post-production sound recordist
Shawn Holden .... sound mixer
Cody King .... assistant sound editor
John Kline .... boom operator
Martin Lopez .... sound designer
Mark Messick .... sound effects editor
Andrew Morgado .... assistant sound editor
Shelley Roden .... foley artist
Ted Swanscott .... adr mixer
Jonathan Wales .... sound re-recording mixer
Visual Effects by
Jared Barber .... animator
Melissa Best .... compositor: previz, Frantic Films
Chris Bond .... visual effects supervisor
Jason Booth .... lead compositor
Brent Breedveld .... lead animator
Matt Broeska .... 3D lead: Frantic Films
Shane Davidson .... digital compositor
Conrad Dueck .... 3D supervisor: Frantic Films
Karin Eunson-Ross .... visual effects coordinator: Frantic Films
Chris Harvey .... digital artist
Adam Holmes .... digital animation supervisor
Sean Konrad .... digital compositor
Michael Latschislaw .... animator
Tom Leckie .... digital compositor
Bill Maher .... visual effects designer
Chris Pember .... lighting and rendering
Borislav Petrov .... technical supervisor: Frantic Films
Jane Sharvina .... compositor: Frantic Films
Randal Shore .... visual effects producer: Frantic Films
George Taylor .... compositor
Allen Tracy .... visual effects coordinator: Frantic Films
Yves Tremblay .... digital compositor
Dan Walker .... digital compositor
Blair Werschler .... visual effects
Chad Wiebe .... 3D lead: Frantic Films
Ken Zorniak .... visual effects
Anne Kim .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Joey Box .... stunts
Keith Campbell .... stunt coordinator
Darrell Davis .... stunts
Brad Martin .... stunts
John Moio .... stunts
Marty Murray .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
David Adams .... rigging electrician
Michael Albala .... rigging electrician (as Mike Albala)
Dale Balani .... rigging electrician
Ethan Brannon .... grip
Alejandro J. Castillo .... rigging electrician
Liam Clark .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Pedro Max Cornejo-Lopez .... video playback operator
Sean Patrick Crowell .... first company grip (as Sean Crowell)
Nathan Crum .... film loader
Kirill Davidoff .... director of photography: second unit
Matthew Deetsch .... lighting technician (as Matt Deetch)
Julie Donovan .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Richard Foreman Jr. .... still photographer (as Richard Foreman)
Bobby Foster .... dolly grip
Bryan G. Haigh .... first assistant camera
Daniel Hanych .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
David Irwin .... chief lighting technician
Tino Jimenez .... best boy electric
John Koth .... second company grip
Seth Kotok .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Matt Landry .... grip
Jeff Lynn .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
John McKain .... grip
Graham McPherson .... grip
Rudy Melendez .... lighting technician
Bob Myers .... rigging grip
David A. Parks .... dimmer board operator (as David Parks)
John Pingry .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Bernie Smith .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
John Spellman .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Chris Stanman .... rigging electrician
Calvin Starnes .... rigging key grip
Jonas Steadman .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Al Stewart .... grip
Kirk Tedeski .... video playback coordinator
Taj J. Teffaha .... camera operator (as Taj Teffaha)
Omari Thomas .... lighting technician
Joe Thompson .... lighting technician
Aaron Triche .... rigging electrician
Brett Van Ort .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Michael J. Walsh .... gaffer: second unit
Michael J. Walsh .... lighting technician (as Mike Walsh)
Nickolas Xiros II .... rigging gaffer
Fante Zamora .... additional rigging grip
Casting Department
Sari Knight .... casting associate
Carrie Levin .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Roberta Bilé .... assistant costume designer (as Roberta Bile)
Claire Breaux .... wardrobe assistant
Jean Carson .... set costumer (as Jean E. Carson)
Brooke Fein .... wardrobe assistant
Elizabeth C. Grudzinski-Seal .... set costumer
Sabine Huber .... costumer
Paul St. John .... additional costumer
Jennifer Steele .... costumer
Editorial Department
Jenny Brandt .... digital intermediate project manager
Marisa Clayton .... post-production Coordinator: Modern VideoFilm
Joe Finley .... digital intermediate colorist
Julie Garces .... associate editor
Dana E. Glauberman .... additional editor
Bryan Park .... film editorial: Modern Video Film
Dan Williams .... post-production assistant
Music Department
Dick Bernstein .... music editor
George Doering .... musician: guitar
Chris Douridas .... music supervisor
Tom Hardisty .... score recordist
James Horner .... musician: piano/synthesizer
Simon Rhodes .... music scoring mixer
Peter Rotter .... music contractor
Transportation Department
Luis Arroyo .... driver (as Louis Arroyo)
Michael Callahan .... driver (as Mike Callahan)
Mike Deegan .... driver
Jennifer Duclos .... driver (as Jennifer DuClos)
Christian G. Ervin .... driver (as Chris Ervin)
Will Gardner .... driver
Dash Hart .... driver
Geno Hart .... transportation coordinator
Chris Haynes .... driver
Philip Henderson .... driver (as Phil Henderson)
Alfie Jensen .... driver
Esteban Munoz .... driver
Hardy Ophuls .... transportation captain
John Pellegrino .... driver
Adam Pinkstaff .... transportation co-captain
Michael 'Bud' Ruben .... driver (as Bud Ruben)
Dave Walden Jr. .... driver (as Dave Walden)
Chris Waldoch .... driver
Robert Young .... driver
Other crew
Philip Abatecola .... office production assistant
Laura Bagano .... craft service
Noel Bastien .... set production assistant
Chris Baugh .... location manager
Kent Bernhard .... office production assistant
Max Berryhill .... set production assistant (as Maria C. Berryhill)
J.M. Brown .... production secretary
Jason Brown .... office production assistant
Hilary Carver .... unit publicist
Robert Castro .... stand-in
Almarie Clifford .... studio teacher
Patti Dalzell .... script supervisor
David Diamond .... location manager
Sharon C. Dietz .... production coordinator
James Eric .... utility technician
Mandy Friedrich .... studio teacher
Eduardo Garcia .... assistant chef
Rosemary Gearheart .... stand-in
Theresa Getzler .... assistant craft service (as Teresa Getzler)
Cole Gittinger .... set production assistant
Suraj Gohill .... production lender
Rick Gold .... assistant: Neil Sacker (as Richard Gold)
Luis Gomez .... assistant chef
Todd Hansen .... set production assistant
Andrea Hanson .... assistant: Mr. Yari
Susan Hegarty .... dialect coach
Scott Herrick .... first key accountant
Randy Kerber .... synthesizer programmer
Michele LaBrucherie .... set production assistant (as Michelle La Brucherie)
Jessica Latham .... set production assistant
Anja Lauble .... assistant: Nicoletta Tartarotti and Dr. Anne Hofmann
Jennifer Levine .... first aid
Jody Lindke .... assistant: Arie Posin
Michael J. Linowes .... legal counsel
Barbara Long .... production accountant
Robbie MacDonald .... office production assistant
Janet Matlock .... assistant: Bonnie Curtis
Michael Matus .... construction medic
Franka Mavrides .... set production assistant
Anthony Mendez .... office production assistant
Talin Parseghian Middleton .... office production assistant (as Talin Parseghian)
Naomi Motohashi .... assistant location manager
Nelson O. Noguera .... assistant chef (as Nelson Noguera)
Lynda Resnick .... studio teacher (as Linda Resnick)
Genaro Rodriguez .... chef (as Gerado Rodriquez)
Felipe Rodriquez .... assistant chef (as Felip Rodriguez)
Jill Rubin .... assistant: Lawrence Bender
Gail Ruckel .... studio teacher
Adam Schindler .... assistant to producer
Margaret L. Schlaifer .... studio teacher (as Margaret Schlaifer)
Michael Soleau .... key assistant location manager
Shelly Strong .... production executive
Daniel Stutz .... business and legal affairs executive
Ian Underwood .... synthesizer programmer
Ian Watermeier .... staff coordinator
Marsha Whittaker .... studio teacher
Matt Wilbur .... clerk
Todd Williams .... production executive
Lynn Wyett .... first aid
Catherine Zappa .... assistant: Daniel Stutz and Meredith Grindlinger
Bradley Winters .... intern: office (uncredited)
Kathleen Kennedy .... thanks
Eunice Lee .... thanks
Jim Lemley .... thanks
Frank Marshall .... thanks
Cree Summer .... thanks

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Rated R for language, violent content, drug material and some sexuality
108 min
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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 »
Factual errors: The "tuba" that Charlie Bratley plays is not a tuba at all but a euphonium. A band student would know that.See more »
Crystal Falls:[Sitting on a bench overlooking the neighbourhood] How old are you?
Charley Bratley:Thirteen.
Crystal Falls:Then why are you so small?
Charley Bratley:I don't know. Just am... My dad put me on this bulk 2000 for a while, this powder stuff? It ended up costing him $400, but after a couple of weeks, I got really bad diarrhea. I ended up losing, like, eight pounds. My dad went ballistic.
[Crystal and Charlie both laugh together. Charlie takes a puff of a cigarette and coughs]
Crystal Falls:You don't smoke, do you?
Charley Bratley:Sure... Well, no.
Crystal Falls:Well here's a secret...
Crystal Falls:[Takes the cigarette from Charlie] Don't act like somebody you're not. You do that long enough, you'll forget you were acting. And so will everyone else.
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13 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
A dark indie satire, 9 April 2006
Author: Juni78ukr ( from Odessa, Ukraine

There are two kinds of independent movies, those that belongs to the first one passes unnoticed for most moviegoers. They are playing mostly in art houses and patiently waiting for you in video stores. At the same time, movies from the second and much smaller group for some reason (which is hardly explainable sometimes) get all possible attention and sometimes they can replace mainstream production in theaters.

Chumscrubber, which obviously belongs to the first group, is a rather unique and courageous satirical attempt of showing on the surface quiet and peaceful life of suburbia and middle class people there. Welcome to Hillside, a town where all people know each other and at the same time, no one of them cares much about others. But, the unexpected event brings some changes to a monotonous life of the town.

Dean Stiffle's best friend Troy, a teenager who supplied drugs to a local high school commits a suicide and a company of school tough guys believe that Dean knows where to find Troy's store. After the school, they kidnap Dean's brother Charlie but they make mistake and take a wrong Charley, thirteen years old Charlie Bratley. It's not completely a kidnapping; for some of them it looks just like a funny game and even for Charlie himself, big boys and a pretty girl at least for the first time is a funny company and amusing experience he have never had before. Dean gets a threatening call but to his surprise and relief, he sees his brother playing video games in a neighboring room. He expectedly gives "I don't care" answer and mistake soon will be revealed. Day passes but no one from adults don't see what's going on. They are totally absorbed in planning their personal lives and making own careers and unable to see anything above that. The only subject for Dean's father is his books on psychology, which he is trying to use on his son while his mother is elsewhere trying to sell some herbal medicine. They don't see that the family is falling apart and then his brother Charlie found a way to escape reality in video games, Dean, who is one of very few relatively normal teenagers, become an outcast among his schoolmates and withdraw into himself. Troy's mother spends all the time telling her neighbors that she doesn't blame them for her son's death. Divorced Charlie Bratley's mother for a long time has been planning her wedding with city's major, who becomes obsessed with a strange visions and ideas. She doesn't even notice his son's disappearance and talking to him through a closed door. Billy who is the head of the company and its inspirer bring Charlie to his home but his parents also don't see anything special. "It's for school" is a perfect answer that assures everyone that everything is on its tracks and in order. Even a direct truth is taking as a joke. The children are completely left on their own and soon Dean realizes that nobody's noticed that a kid is not home for a long time and he's the only one who could do anything to resolve a conflict even if it is no concern of him.

The movie cast unites too many famous actors for a small budgeted indie movie. The adult actors always have good performances of their satirical characters, but they are mostly the background of the story, where the main stars are young actors and their characters. Jamie Bell (mainly known for his first role in Billy Elliot) who is playing the main young character is excellent and his ability of creating required accent deserves the highest praises. Justin Chatvin is strong enough as a company leader Billy and the youngest of characters, Thomas Curtis as Charley Bratley steal the show in a couple of crucial moments.

Such rather absurd satirized image of selfish behavior combined with blissful ignorance works pretty well with adult characters in the movie. This is satire that doesn't make you laugh watching the movie, its just make you think why such things could happen. Unfortunately, on the contrary, important young characters are underdeveloped and sometimes the movie doesn't give us a reasonable explanation for their acts and way of behavior. The story itself also has perceptible lapses and problem points, which don't let creating a complex image and evoke obvious questions. However, despite some problems with characters, continuity flaws and possible overusing of symbolism without a certain need, the director was able to make a mostly captivating picture that brought me to deep thoughts for a while. The main problem is that the movie and its intensive climax don't give any solution or escaping for the situation as well as it doesn't give the answer for above mentioned question why such Hillsides are possible. The Chumscrubber is a striking contrast to mainstream movies, a movie that obviously worth seeing and makes you think, but because of its perceptible flaws and partly narrow-minded approach, it's unable to reach complete success.

8 out of 10

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