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The Chumscrubber (2005) Movie Information

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Arie Posin


Jamie Bell
Camilla Belle
Justin Chatwin
Glenn Close
Rory Culkin
William Fichtner





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The Chumscrubber is a dark comedy about the lives of people who live in upper-class suburbia. It all begins when Dean Stiffle finds the body of his friend, Troy. He doesn't bother telling any of the adults because he knows they won't care. Everyone in town is too self consumed to worry about anything else than themselves. And everybody is on some form of drug just to get themselves through the day. After Troy's death, local drug dealers at the school run out of their stash. They convince Dean to get Troy's stash or they are going to kill his brother that they kidnapped, but they grabbed the wrong kid.

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PsychoKing1227 08/20/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Alright, I have watched this movie several times now. Two friends of mine, good friends mind you, have told me to watch it for two different reasons: 1.] to see how amazing this movie is, and 2.] to see how horrible this movie is. And I have to be honest, I'm right in the middle. Jamie Bell and Ralph Fiennes are incredible, but the story didn't astound me the way I was told it would, and neither did it disappoint me in the ways that I was told it would. So, what is a guy to do: sit in the middle and appreciate the movie for what it is as well as criticize what was wrong. The writing was really off, but the performances were sub-par for half the cast. Amazing ideas, yes not the most effective production of them.

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12/27/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"The Chumscrubber" by Yojimbo

A high school student is blackmailed into recovering a stash of drugs from his dead friend's house by the school bully who kidnaps an innocent boy for leverage. The plot of The Chumscrubber is basically an "indie" version of Alpha Dog, and the whole thing comes across as a patchwork of ideas stolen from American Beauty, Heathers and Donnie Darko. But the biggest problem with it is the fact that not one of the characters is even remotely likeable. They're just a bunch of self absorbed jerks who have zero interest in anyone but themselves and it's impossible to give a crap about any of them. Even Jamie Bell, who is supposed to be the "hero" is just a smug, dour little prick who you just want to slap. There's some kind of message in here about reliance on quickie solutions to life's problems...

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09/28/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Too Detached

I found it hard to connect with the characters because pretty much all of them are self-centered: they are either too busy with their jobs to notice events that are going on around them or they drug themselves so that they wouldn’t have to feel. I have a penchant for black comedies that comments on life in suburbia but I found this to be a little too pretentious for its own good. The “artistic” moments made me roll my eyes and the supposedly heartbreaking moments do not merit sympathy. The best moment of the film was the interaction between Jamie Bell and Glenn Close near the end because their pain was real. We got to know them more in three minutes than we did the entire picture. I think this would’ve worked better if the adults were the focus of the story, not the teenagers. I feel like...

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