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The Chumscrubber (2005)

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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 »

Parents Guide:

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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 »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,548, 7 August 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$49,526, 14 August 2005
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film reunites Jason Isaacs and Ralph Fiennes after their roles in The End of the Affair (1999) and many films of the Harry Potter franchise. 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

Charlie Stiffle: [playing a video game] Son of a bitch!
Mrs. Stiffle: Charlie! I am doing Veggie Force!
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Pure Morning
Performed by Placebo
Written by Brian Molko and Placebo
Courtesy of Virgin Records
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A fresh, fun, and moving examination of crazy people (us) in suburbia.
27 January 2005 | by TheAscenderSee all my reviews

I was able to see a screening of this film at Sundance tonight (1/26/05) and I just wanted to let anyone who was curious about this movie that it is definitely worth seeing. Some lucky distributor is going to make bank off of this great film by a skilled director and soulful screenwriter.

Although I was pleasantly surprised as famous face after famous face came on the screen, Jamie Bell (main character Dean) is without equal. In the Q&A session after the screening, the Director talked a little about wanting to make a movie that examined the hypocrisy and muted subjects of our culture. I think he hit the nail right on the head. He also talked about how they removed all pop culture references in the movie so that they could create their own archetype of pop culture-- the Chumscrubber. The characteristics of this comic book/video game hero are an allegory that can help you decode the messages of the movie. (On a comic note, he also said that once you see this movie you will see dolphins EVERYWHERE. When you see it, you'll know what I mean.) Screenwriter Zak Stanford said that a Chubscrubber is the worst job in the fishing village he grew up in. It's the person that has to mop the floor clean after everyone else has gutted and processed the fish. This movie, in part, discussed "what it would be like to have someone do that for you."

There are parts of this movie that are definitely funny. However, I didn't find myself laughing at all them because I couldn't shake the feeling that I would have been laughing at myself. I guess I'm saying that for those of us who find themselves seeking escape in a world that finds us trivial, there is a lot of truth in this movie. But don't worry... it also shows us the power a single human connection can have.

SEE/BUY/DISCUSS/ANTICIPATE/DEVOUR THIS MOVIE!!

Ascender

P.S.- Don't be put off by trite descriptions of this film as a "tale of a young boy fending off the evils of suburbia." It really doesn't do it justice. It's fresh, fun, and moving.


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