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Thumbsucker (2005)

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

Director:

Mike Mills

Writers:

Walter Kirn (novel), Mike Mills
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ted Beckman Ted Beckman ... Stoner Guy
Benjamin Bratt ... Matt Schramm
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Mike Cobb
Arvin V. Entena Arvin V. Entena ... Perry Lyman's Assistant
Tyler Gannon Tyler Gannon ... Stoner Chick
Kelli Garner ... Rebecca
Allen Go Allen Go ... Biology Teacher
Dakota O'Hara ... Girl on Plane (as Dakota Goldhor)
Walter Kirn ... Debate Judge
Kit Koenig Kit Koenig ... Principal
Sarah Lucht Sarah Lucht ... English Teacher
Eric Normington ... Hotel Desk Clerk
Nancy O'Dell ... Herself
Lanette Prazeau Lanette Prazeau ... School Nurse
Lou Taylor Pucci ... Justin Cobb (as Lou Pucci)
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Storyline

Justin is a teenager boy, who has an oral obsession with his thumb. His mother seems to be a normal housekeeper, but she has her own obsessions as well, like a crush on a TV-star. The only person who's aware of Justin's problem is his father, manager in a store, but none of his advices seem to be working for Justin. The kid is signed up in a debate workshop, but the thing isn't going well, because he has his mind in a pretty classmate and, of course, in his thumb, affecting all the rest of his classes. So, Justin is a loner kid in the school, who prefers to lock himself in the bathroom and suck his thumb. Justin's dentist, a mystical-hippie person, will try to help to overcome his thumb problem, through the hypnosis. But the school's psychologist will diagnose Justin with the Attention Deficit Disorder, and will prescribe him some drugs. Suddenly, Justin's problem with his thumb will disappear, becoming an hyperactive genius, winning several debate contests and the admiration from his... Written by Alejandro Frias

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug/alcohol use and sexuality involving teens, language and a disturbing image | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Age Difficile Obscur See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$85,327, 18 September 2005

Gross USA:

$1,328,679

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,919,197
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Scarlett Johansson was originally cast as Rebecca Crane, but she dropped out shortly before filming, and was replaced by Kelli Garner. See more »

Goofs

A microphone can be seen when Justin is bringing his prize back home. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Audrey Cobb: You're good at stuff like this. I have to find something distinctive about myself.
Justin Cobb: You're beautiful, Audrey.
Audrey Cobb: Seriously.
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Crazy Credits

A special thank you to the following people and organizations for their support: ... Everyone at Rock Paper Scissors ... Everyone at Tualatin High School ... See more »

Connections

Spoofs In Living Color (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Spirit of Reiki
Written by Shastro
Performed by Shastro and Nadama
Courtesy of Malimba Records
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good movie after all
17 August 2005 | by karljonesSee all my reviews

I was really expecting to not like Thumbsucker. I don't care for "teen angst" movies. Now having seen Thumbsucker, I'm really confused as to why Sony would market it in this genre (teen angst = teen $, I guess) and why its below the 5-star mark here at IMDb. It's really a remarkable movie. When it hits its stride, about 30 minutes in, it gets to places that few movies ever get to with respects to growing up, family dynamics, being a teen, being an adult, just generally being human.

When I saw Thumbsucker, the screening was followed up with Q&A with the director and a few of the actors. Apparently they were all pretty dedicated to their rehearsals and developing the character's relationships. Their hard work paid off with an exceptional movie.


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