Fucked up teens. That’s the tagline for this excellent flick that deals with lives of middle-upper class citizens and theirs seemingly perfect lives (the only thing I worry about is me). However, after you say those words: fucked up teens, the next thing you have say is: why are they fucked up. The Chumscrubber is searching for those answers, taking us directly into the fire. Of course, by fire I mean, that seeming perfect suburban paradise. I fucking hate those fake and gay white picket fences, fake smiles and greetings. Underneath all these things is the complete destruction of the individual and as a consequence of this act, the destruction of this small society is obligatory. Arie Posin, who wrote and directed this movie, has a unique knack for creating uncomfortable and strange situations that bare the true nature of this falsity. As the movie progresses, you get kinda hooked on those crazy twists and wild situations, wanting to see more and more but before you know, the movie is over.

The Chumscrubber [2005] Movie Review Recommendation PosterEverything seems to be going pretty good in small, suburban city of Hillside. However, that’s only happening on the outside. On the inside, there are so many strange and horrible things happening that it’s best to push them deep, deep down. Those are the things you cannot run from and Troy Johnson, a high school student did something he shouldn’t have, he killed himself. This shocked the whole community, because they didn’t think that such a thing is possible. How could a student just kill himself, that is simply unacceptable. And so is the fact that Troy was dealing drugs to his fellow students. The same drugs they are now prescribed to get over his death…

The young cast of this movie really rocked, with Jamie Bell and Camilla Belle leading the charge. William Fichtner, Close and Fiennes, were, as veterans, watching closely. You would think that with themes like drugs, suicide and crime, there wouldn’t be any room for humor, but you would be wrong. The Chumscrubber is a dark comedy with some scenes so funny that you simply cannot resist laughing out loud. The pacing is also pretty good, what with the movie kicking off with a suicide and continuing with a series of fucked up events that are simply pushing the story forward. If you’re looking for more movies with a similar vibe, I suggest you check out the tag Dysfunctional Family Movies, enjoy.

Director: Arie Posin

Cast: Jamie Bell, Camilla Belle, Justin Chatwin, Glenn Close

Fun Stuff: The title of the film refers to a video game character, “The Chumscrubber”, who helps his friends to survive in a superficial world by keeping things authentic, and is portrayed as a post-apocalyptic hero, carrying his severed head in his hand as he fights the forces of evil.

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IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0406650/

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