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)
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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
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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

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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 »

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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

The "tuba" that Charlie Bratley plays is not a tuba at all but a euphonium. A band student would know that. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Johnson: [at Troy's memorial] It's my fault. I know it is. I didn't even know him... I didn't know my own son.
Dean Stiffle: Troy wanted to play guitar in a rock band. Be famous. But he knew he wasn't any good, and he felt stupid for wishing that. He had a crush on this girl since he was 13... That he never talked to - but he probably wished he would've. He liked you. But he felt sorry for you. He was afraid that he'd be like his dad. He was really, really smart. But he kept all his ideas to himself, unless you asked. ...
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Connections

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Oblivion
Performed by Annetenna
Written by Anne Preven
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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.


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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 »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,548, 7 August 2005

Gross USA:

$52,597

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$351,401
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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