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|Rating:||R (for drug/alcohol use and sexuality involving teens, language and a disturbing image.)|
|Genre:||Drama, Art House & International, Comedy|
|Directed By:||Mike Mills, Mike Mills (II)|
|Written By:||Mike Mills, Mike Mills (II)|
|In Theaters:||Sep 16, 2005 Wide|
|On DVD:||Jan 24, 2006|
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as Justin Cobb
as Audrey Cobb
as Mike Cobb
as Mr. Geary
as Dr. Perry Lyman
as Matt Schramm
as Joel Cobb
as 10-year-old Justin
as Stone Guy
as Perry Lyman's Assist...
as Stoner Chick
as Biology Teacher
as Debate Judge
as English Teacher
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Critic Reviews for Thumbsucker
Unlike so many movies in which a character changes in order to propel the plot forward, this one stops to follow up on the consequences of those changes.
Mills, a former music video director, writes and directs with subtle clarity, bringing a refreshing sensibility to the archetypical tale in which a displaced teen comes of age in a confusing and banal environment.
Many films portray teens as Frankenstein monsters bolted together by peer pressure and prescription drugs. "Thumbsucker" bests most of them by avoiding fingers wagged in caution and addressing the opportunity costs of adolescence and adulthood.
So unexciting that it almost made me want to suck my thumb or whatever to get over sitting through such a heavy going and dull film.
Audience Reviews for Thumbsucker
Nowhere near as good as Mike Mills' follow up, Beginners, but Thumbsucker definitely plants the seeds of a budding auteur
"You are not alone. You are not afraid. You don't need your thumb, and your thumb doesn't need you."
Justin throws himself and everyone around him into chaos when he attempts to break free from his addiction to his thumb.
Thumbsucker is the film that we nearly didn't get to see. First time director Mike Mills had Elliot Smith on board to do the soundtrack and after he committed suicide, the director shelved the project. It wasn't until Mills saw The Polyphonic Spree and met Tim the lead singer that he saw a way to let the film see the light of day. So here with a brilliant soundtrack by both the Spree and Smith is a quietly subtle take on the life of a disenfranchised teenager and his diagnosis of attention deficit disorder due to his lack of energy and still sucking his thumb at his age. What unfolds is a beautiful tale of inspiration and aspirations in the minds of humans of all ages from teachers to dentists, mothers to drug addicts. Shot not unlike Solondz 'Palindromes' or Gondry's 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' it is at times touching and funny. Keanu Reeves is particularly funny as the hippie health freak but elsewhere all the performances are good. If you like little films with little messages then you'll love this movie. A subtle look at life through the eyes of the array of characters portrayed. Music video director Mills has produced a cracking debut and on the strength of this should go on to greater things, not unlike the thumb sucking central character in this film.
A young man, who occasionally still sucks his thumb, navigates adolescence, occasionally finding solace in a new love, an ADD diagnosis, and success in debate club.
I simply have no idea what this film is about. I understand the plot of course, but what this film is saying about adolescence or parenting or the over-medication of today's youth is still a mystery to me. One reviewer remarked that unlike other coming-of-age films, this film tracks the effect of the adjustments adolescents make along the way. I find this comment both insightful and perplexing. It is true that the film denies its character easy solutions, but the ending implies that the ultimate answer lies in escape, independence, and time, all of which amount to, in my mind, an easy solution. Is the film simply saying that yes, adolescence is difficult, but it eventually ends? I don't know.
Overall, I think there's something interesting going on here, but it's escaped me.
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