6.9/10
17,454
131 user 74 critic

The Chumscrubber (2005)

Trailer
2:19 | Trailer

Watch Now

With Prime Video

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

Director:

Arie Posin

Writers:

Arie Posin (story), Zac Stanford (screenplay)
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Thumbsucker (2005)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

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

Director: Mike Mills
Stars: Lou Taylor Pucci, Tilda Swinton, Vincent D'Onofrio
Bully (2001)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A pack of naïve teenagers conspire to murder a mutual friend, whose aggressive demeanor has proved too much.

Director: Larry Clark
Stars: Brad Renfro, Nick Stahl, Bijou Phillips
Mean Creek (2004)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

When a teen is bullied, his brother and friends lure the bully into the woods to seek revenge.

Director: Jacob Estes
Stars: Rory Culkin, Ryan Kelley, Scott Mechlowicz
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A young man's peculiar upbringing renders him unable to competently cope with the struggle of growing up.

Director: Burr Steers
Stars: Kieran Culkin, Susan Sarandon, Jeff Goldblum
Hallam Foe (2007)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Hallam's talent for spying on people reveals his darkest fears-and his most peculiar desires. Driven to expose the true cause of his mother's death, he instead finds himself searching the rooftops of the city for love.

Director: David Mackenzie
Stars: Jamie Bell, Sophia Myles, Ciarán Hinds
Lymelife (2008)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A family unit begins to bow under the pressure of a failing marriage.

Director: Derick Martini
Stars: Rory Culkin, Alec Baldwin, Jill Hennessy
Sleepwalking (2008)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The drama follows a twelve-year-old girl's struggle to come to terms with her mother's abandonment.

Director: Bill Maher
Stars: Charlize Theron, Nick Stahl, AnnaSophia Robb
Eulogy (2004)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A black comedy that follows three generations of a family, who come together for the funeral of the patriarch - unveiling a litany of family secrets and covert relationships.

Director: Michael Clancy
Stars: Ray Romano, Jesse Bradford, Hank Azaria
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A physical comedy about yearning

Director: Bob Byington
Stars: Justin Rice, Kevin Corrigan, Pat Healy
Manic (2001)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

After attacking another player with a bat during baseball at school, Lyle's sent to the psych ward. He meets other teenagers with problems. Will group therapy help?

Director: Jordan Melamed
Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Bacall, Zooey Deschanel
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Three friends struggle to maintain their hedonistic lifestyles as they approach 30. Delving into their story, we become subjected to their inane theories, absurd philosophies and warped sense of humor.

Director: Chris Kiros
Stars: George Katt, Tiffany Shepis, Clayton Stocker Myers
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A series of overlapping stories about four suburban families dealing with different maladies. Esther Gold's life is consumed by caring for her comatose son; Jim Train is sent into a ... See full summary »

Director: Rose Troche
Stars: Glenn Close, Dermot Mulroney, Mary Kay Place
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Bell ... Dean
Camilla Belle ... Crystal
Justin Chatwin ... Billy
Glenn Close ... Mrs. Johnson
Kathi Copeland Kathi Copeland ... Parent #1 (as Kathy Copeland)
Rory Culkin ... Charlie Stiffle
Thomas Curtis Thomas Curtis ... Charlie Bratley
Tim DeKay ... Mr. Peck
David Ellison ... Student #1 (as David Ellsion)
William Fichtner ... Mr. Bill Stiffle
Ralph Fiennes ... Mayor Michael Ebbs
Richard Gleason ... Parent #2
Caroline Goodall ... Mrs. Parker
John Heard ... Officer Lou Bratley
Susan Hegarty Susan Hegarty ... Aide to Mayor Ebbs
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Fear. Trust. Love. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, violent content, drug material and some sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Newmarket Films

Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 2006 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Arie Posin Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Calabasas, California, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$6,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,548, 7 August 2005

Gross USA:

$52,597

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$351,401
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Billy looks up at the sky and identifies an F-17 as a Tigershark. The "Tigershark" refers to the F-20 designed and built by Northrop Corporation during the 1980s but was not adopted by any of the US military forces. With respect to the F-20, it was a single-engine jet aircraft and likely would not have left twin contrails.

There never has been an F-17. At one point, there was a YF-17, which by its designation was an experimental aircraft. Eventually, that aircraft became the F/A-18. See more »

Quotes

Dean Stiffle: Dad, if you write about me again in another one of your stupid books, I'm going to kill you.
Dr. Bill Stiffle: Stupid? There are several major book chains around this country that will disagree with you on that point.
See more »

Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Movies with Terrible Titles (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Our House
Performed by Phantom Planet
Written by Graham Nash
Courtesy of Epic Records by arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Intellectually interesting.
22 September 2007 | by luke-346See all my reviews

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.


8 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 131 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed