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The Chumscrubber (2005)

Director:
Arie Posin
COUNTRY
USA/Germany
GENRE
Drama
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Chumscrubber
RUNNING TIME
108 minutes
Producer:
Lawrence Bender
Bonnie Curtis
Screenwriter:
Zac Stanford


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Dean Jamie Bell
Crystal Camilla Belle
Billy Justin Chatwin
Carrie Johnson Glenn Close
Charlie Stiffle Rory Culkin
Charlie Bratley Thomas Curtis
Mr. Peck Tim DeKay
Mr. Bill Stiffle William Fichtner
Mayor Michael Ebbs Ralph Fiennes
Mrs. Parker Caroline Goodall
Officer Lou Bratley John Heard
Boutique Owner Lauren Holly
Mr. Parker Jason Isaacs
Allie Stiffle Allison Janney
Troy Josh Janowicz
Jerri Falls Carrie-Anne Moss
Lee Lou Taylor Pucci
Terri Bratley Rita Wilson

 

Review

Arie Posin's The Chumscrubber falls into line with a series of segmented, tangentially connected ensemble films that provide a skewed, semi-philosophical take on life. This is classic Paul Thomas Anderson/Todd Solondz territory, and for tone and themes, Posin draws inspiration from a cross between Desperate Housewives and The Stepford Wives. The result is amusing and often interesting, with particularly Glenn Close and Jamie Bell revelling in their roles. Posin touches some poignant details, and shifts deftly and elegantly between moods and tenors. And as a social comment, The Chumscrubber attacks the perfect suburban facade that is being held up by easy drug prescriptions. Unfortunately, Posin's satire is never cutting. As much of his film, he's gentle and mild, more often than not just scratching the surface. His observations and ideas are too recycled to make a lasting impression, and the "chumscrubber" - believing to be the figure uncovering the truths - becomes more of a showcase than anything else.

Copyright 5.7.2007 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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