A darkly satiric story about life crumbling in the midst of a seemingly idyllic suburbia.
Release Year: 2005
Rating: 7.0/10 (12,121 voted)
Critic's Score: 41/100
Stars: Jamie Bell, Allison Janney, Rory Culkin
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 hung 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.
Writers: Zac Stanford, Arie Posin
(as Kathy Copeland)
(as David Ellsion)
Mr. Bill Stiffle
Mayor Michael Ebbs
Officer Lou Bratley
Aide to Mayor Ebbs
Fear. Trust. Love.
Newmarket Films |
Release Date: 25 August 2005
Filming Locations: Calabasas, California, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $28,548
(7 August 2005)
(14 August 2005)
Did You Know?
The movie stars both Jamie Bell and Lou Taylor Pucci, who were both featured in music videos by Green Day from the "American Idiot" album. Bell appears in "Wake Me Up When September Ends" and Pucci appears in "Jesus of Suburbia" as St. Jimmy.
When Dean and Crystal are talking in the lunch line, the same female extra walks by twice in only a few seconds.
[after Crystal's friends have mocked Troy's death to humiliate Dean]
Look, I just wanted to apologize for what happened back there.
Why? Did you do it?
No, but my friends did.
Oh. Some pretty nice friends you got there.
What are you saying? It's better to have no friends at all?
Actually, yeah. Yeah it is.
Totally unique and captivating
Many people will hate this movie because it is so off the wall, but I
didn't want it to end. It was full of surprises, interesting
characters, strong emotions, and bizarre twists. I left the theater in
a daze that lasted a couple of hours as "reality" intruded again. The
cast is great and stars like Glenn Close and Ralph Fiennes show their
talent by underplaying their roles or playing offbeat characters like
they never have before. The director did a great job with continuity;
the chumscrubber shows up early on before we even know who he is. There
is a lot of humor amid the tragedy and it would probably take a second
watching to catch it all. Probably the 15 to 25 crowd will like it the
best, but I'm almost 60 and I loved it. Great job by the director and