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Thumbsucker (2005)

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Justin throws himself and everyone around him into chaos when he attempts to break free from his addiction to his thumb.

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Mike Mills

Writers:

Walter Kirn (novel), Mike Mills
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ted Beckman Ted Beckman ... Stoner Guy
Benjamin Bratt ... Matt Schramm
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Mike Cobb
Arvin V. Entena Arvin V. Entena ... Perry Lyman's Assistant
Tyler Gannon Tyler Gannon ... Stoner Chick
Kelli Garner ... Rebecca
Allen Go Allen Go ... Biology Teacher
Dakota O'Hara ... Girl on Plane (as Dakota Goldhor)
Walter Kirn ... Debate Judge
Kit Koenig Kit Koenig ... Principal
Sarah Lucht Sarah Lucht ... English Teacher
Eric Normington ... Hotel Desk Clerk
Nancy O'Dell ... Herself
Lanette Prazeau Lanette Prazeau ... School Nurse
Lou Taylor Pucci ... Justin Cobb (as Lou Pucci)
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Storyline

Justin is a teenager boy, who has an oral obsession with his thumb. His mother seems to be a normal housekeeper, but she has her own obsessions as well, like a crush on a TV-star. The only person who's aware of Justin's problem is his father, manager in a store, but none of his advices seem to be working for Justin. The kid is signed up in a debate workshop, but the thing isn't going well, because he has his mind in a pretty classmate and, of course, in his thumb, affecting all the rest of his classes. So, Justin is a loner kid in the school, who prefers to lock himself in the bathroom and suck his thumb. Justin's dentist, a mystical-hippie person, will try to help to overcome his thumb problem, through the hypnosis. But the school's psychologist will diagnose Justin with the Attention Deficit Disorder, and will prescribe him some drugs. Suddenly, Justin's problem with his thumb will disappear, becoming an hyperactive genius, winning several debate contests and the admiration from his... Written by Alejandro Frias

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug/alcohol use and sexuality involving teens, language and a disturbing image | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Age Difficile Obscur See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$85,327, 18 September 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,325,073, 4 December 2005
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Justin is browsing through a copy of "Be Here Now", Ram Dass' 1960s new-age classic, while in the orthodontist's waiting room. See more »

Goofs

A microphone can be seen when Justin is bringing his prize back home. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Audrey Cobb: You're good at stuff like this. I have to find something distinctive about myself.
Justin Cobb: You're beautiful, Audrey.
Audrey Cobb: Seriously.
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Crazy Credits

Special thanks to the people of Beaverton and Portland, Oregon, for their generous contributions to the making of this feature film. See more »

Connections

References Access Hollywood (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Thirteen
(1972)
Written by Alex Chilton and Chris Bell (as Christopher Bell)
Performed by Elliott Smith
From the film Lucky Three an Elliott Smith Portrait (1997) by Jem Cohen
Courtesy of Gravity Hill
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Austin Movie Show review
9 October 2005 | by leilapostgradSee all my reviews

I sucked my thumb as a child. But unlike Lou Taylor Pucci's character in this film, I had quit sucking my thumb long before high school. Justin is a senior in high school, he's shy, awkward, insecure, and his self-esteem is not helped by the fact that he's a 17 year-old thumbsucker. At its core, Thumbsucker is an adorable teenage comedy about addictions, bad habits, and the emotional crutches we reply on whenever we feel pain. Thanks to his hippy, new-age orthodontist (Keanu Reeves), Justin is hypnotized into thinking his thumb tastes horrible, so he quits. But the end of one addiction merely marks the beginning of the next, and Justin soon convinces himself that his ADHD medication will change his life. But why are we so consumed with changing? Is thumb-sucking really such a bad habit after all? It's healthier than smoking crack. Thumbsucker is pure joy from beginning to end.


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