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Justin throws himself and everyone around him into chaos when he attempts to break free from his addiction to his thumb.
Your Thumb Doesn't Need You
Greetings again from the darkness. Very few things provide me the
thrill of watching a movie with a great story, interesting characters,
wonderful acting and professional direction. This is the case even when
I realize that of all the people I know, 97 out of 100 will not see the
film. Such is "Thumbsucker".
Director and co-writer Mike Mills presents the film version of Walter
Kirn's novel and nails the issues we all face with relationships and
life. So many teen angst movies provide us one dimensional adults or
even one dimensional teens. This film shows the struggles we all face
at every age and every stage in life. Catherine Hardwicke's "Thirteen"
was a powerful movie focusing on girls. "Thumbsucker" is every bit as
powerful, if not a bit softer in its approach.
Relative newcomer Lou Taylor Pucci is stunning and brilliant as Justin,
the seventeen year old thumbsucker who, along with 98% of the others
his age, just can't seem to figure out what its all about. His
character turns out to be one of the lucky ones who finally determines
that none of us really get it. That includes his friends, parents,
teachers, orthodontist and celebrities.
The supporting actors are stellar and very well cast. Justin's parents
are played well by the great Tilda Swinton (slightly underused here)
and Vincent D'Onofrio. His hypnotist would-be guru orthodontist is
hilariously played by Keanu Reeves and Benjamin Bratt is the TV celeb
whom Justin's mom carries a torch for. Vince Vaughn flashes some real
acting chops as Justin's Debate Team sponsor. This is not the typical
punchline Vince that we have come to expect. A real standout is Kelli
Garner as Rebecca, Justin's first crush. This role was originally going
to Scarlett Johansson which would have been a mistake. Garner is so
believable as the would be world saver if she could just understand why
everyone acts the way they do. Looking forward to more of her work.
For a movie that tackles such tough subject matter, it does an amazing
job of keeping the viewer from being depressed. There is actually hope
in the message. The soundtrack was a bit of a distraction at times, but
not enough to ruin any particular scene. Also, there is a story line
about Ridlin and ADHD that would require a thesis to to describe my
disgust. This is a film that deserves a bigger audience than it will
reach. Sadly, too many will line up to see "Proof" which only
impersonates an important film.
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