The Chumscrubber
The Chumscrubber (2005)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: August 5, 2005
DVD Release Date: January 10, 2006
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Critic Score: 36% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This derivative poke at suburbia falls short of delivering a scathing indictment of upper middle-class disconnect.

Anna Smith
Time Out

Much like its characters: decorative, entertaining and emotionally empty.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

An appallingly clumsy and stupid take on drugs, kidnapping and suicide in suburbia.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Whether the good performances, or sheer twisted attitude it presents to the same old formula, I enjoyed it, and the story.

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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times

An impassioned and occasionally mesmerizing first effort that's at once messier, more complex and more ambitious than many recent suburban dystopias.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

There are some very good performances and some strong writing.

James Christopher
Times (UK)

It's a surreal, offbeat comedy where the kidnappers are hopelessly inept while Bell feels hopelessly at sea.

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Keith Phipps
AV Club

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.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

It's neither funny nor sad, and it's filled with cheats, phony come-ons and red herrings.

Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
xGary Xx
A high school student is blackmailed into recovering a stash of drugs from his dead friend's house by the school bully who kidnaps an innocent boy for… More
Cynthia S.
While I appreciated the overall purpose/message of the story, I felt the movie was put together rather poorly. The characters were over-worked and hard to like,… More
Jim Hunter
In suburbia, a teen who recently discovered the dead body of his best friend must recover the dead kid's drugs before his classmates kill a kidnapped boy.… More
familiar stranger
I found it like a combo of Donnie Darko + American Beauty + Alpha Dog (+ whatnot that I know not). Enjoyed it reasonably but there are too many annoying moments… More
Thomas Johnston
Along the style of a Donnie Darko.... I enjoyed this movie just because it is different than the regurgitated Adam Sadler crap that is always out there! Jamie… More
CAST: Jamie Bell, Glenn Close, Rita Wilson, Carrie-Anne Moss, William Fichtner, Ralph Fiennes, John Heard, Lauren Holly, Jason Isaacs, Allison Janney, Tim… More