The Chumscrubber
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The death of a troubled teen throws a suburban neighborhood into chaos in this darkly satirical comedy. Dean (Jamie Bell) is a disaffected teenager living in a California suburb that's beautiful on the surface but populated by families who live emotionally vacant lives, with the parents often too wrapped up in their own problems to pay attention to their children. One day, Dean discovers his best (and only) friend, Troy (Josh Janowicz), has killed himself. While Troy's mother (Glenn Close) hasn't figured out her son is dead just yet, Dean opts not to tell her, and besides, his own… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 35%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Much like its characters: decorative, entertaining and emotionally empty."
‑ Anna Smith, Time Out
"An appallingly clumsy and stupid take on drugs, kidnapping and suicide in suburbia."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Whether the good performances, or sheer twisted attitude it presents to the same old formula, I enjoyed it, and the story."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"A strong cast promises great things, but The Chumscrubber loses itself on the way to its indie aspirations."
‑ , Film4
"It is witty and subversive, with flashes of magical realism and apocalyptic CG that both provokes and unnerves."
‑ , Total Film
"An impassioned and occasionally mesmerizing first effort that's at once messier, more complex and more ambitious than many recent suburban dystopias."
‑ Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times
"There are some very good performances and some strong writing."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"It's a surreal, offbeat comedy where the kidnappers are hopelessly inept while Bell feels hopelessly at sea."
‑ James Christopher, Times [UK]
"Sadly, despite Bell's eye-catching performance and Glenn Close's disturbing Stepford Wife portrayal, I found this messy movie as self-absorbed as most of its characters."
‑ Johnny Vaughan, Sun Online
"A tragic waste of acting talent, with nothing new to say. Can we please now politely close the door on middle-class repression before we get really angry?"
‑ Olly Richards, Empire Magazine
"The story of the film: Studio money chasing after the cult-film audience and getting all the superficial elements right while missing the spirit entirely. It's the cinematic equivalent of Candlebox."
‑ Keith Phipps, AV Club
"It's neither funny nor sad, and it's filled with cheats, phony come-ons and red herrings."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Despite the top-drawer cast assembled for his debut feature, the director Arie Posin's account of emotional dislocation in the 'burbs is stymied by a fatally uneven tone and a growing suspicion that we've been down this road many, many times before."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"Ten years ago, The Chumscrubber might have seemed groundbreaking. Today, it's not just unoriginal but as dull and nondescript as a Barratt home."
‑ , Daily Mirror [UK]
"Even though it feels derivative, this blackly comical suburban drama is loaded with terrific details. And it features yet another excellent performance from Jamie Bell."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
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