The Chumscrubber

August 25th, 2005


The Chumscrubber

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Still of Jamie Bell in The ChumscrubberThe ChumscrubberRita Wilson at event of The ChumscrubberStill of Ralph Fiennes and Rita Wilson in The ChumscrubberStill of Glenn Close in The ChumscrubberStill of Camilla Belle and Justin Chatwin in The Chumscrubber

A darkly satiric story about life crumbling in the midst of a seemingly idyllic suburbia.

Release Year: 2005

Rating: 7.0/10 (12,121 voted)

Critic's Score: 41/100

Director: Arie Posin

Stars: Jamie Bell, Allison Janney, Rory Culkin

The Chumscrubber starts out with Troy,a normal teenager who supplies "feel good" pills to everyone in his high school(this way he spreads happiness all around). But when his friend Dean pays him a visit, Dean discovers Troy has hung himself in his bedroom during one of his mother's pool parties.After the death,three local teens: Billy,Lee,and Crystal, want what's left of Troy's stash of pills and they know that Dean is the only one who knows where they are. But when Dean refuses to get the pills, the three teens kidnap Dean's little brother, until they realize they've kidnapped the wrong kid.

Writers: Zac Stanford, Arie Posin

Jamie Bell - Dean
Camilla Belle - Crystal
Justin Chatwin - Billy
Glenn Close - Carrie Johnson
Thomas Curtis - Charlie Bratley
Rory Culkin - Charlie Stiffle
Kathi Copeland - Parent #1 (as Kathy Copeland)
Tim DeKay - Mr. Peck
David Ellison - Student #1 (as David Ellsion)
William Fichtner - Mr. Bill Stiffle
Ralph Fiennes - Mayor Michael Ebbs
Richard Gleason - Parent #2
Caroline Goodall - Mrs. Parker
John Heard - Officer Lou Bratley
Susan Hegarty - Aide to Mayor Ebbs

Taglines: Fear. Trust. Love.


Official Website: Newmarket Films |

Release Date: 25 August 2005

Filming Locations: Calabasas, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $6,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $28,548 (USA) (7 August 2005) (28 Screens)

Gross: $49,526 (USA) (14 August 2005)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The movie stars both Jamie Bell and Lou Taylor Pucci, who were both featured in music videos by Green Day from the "American Idiot" album. Bell appears in "Wake Me Up When September Ends" and Pucci appears in "Jesus of Suburbia" as St. Jimmy.

Continuity: When Dean and Crystal are talking in the lunch line, the same female extra walks by twice in only a few seconds.

Crystal Falls: [after Crystal's friends have mocked Troy's death to humiliate Dean] Look, I just wanted to apologize for what happened back there.
Dean Stiffle: Why? Did you do it?
Crystal Falls: No, but my friends did.
Dean Stiffle: Oh. Some pretty nice friends you got there.
Crystal Falls: What are you saying? It's better to have no friends at all?
Dean Stiffle: Actually, yeah. Yeah it is.

User Review

Totally unique and captivating

Rating: 10/10

Many people will hate this movie because it is so off the wall, but I didn't want it to end. It was full of surprises, interesting characters, strong emotions, and bizarre twists. I left the theater in a daze that lasted a couple of hours as "reality" intruded again. The cast is great and stars like Glenn Close and Ralph Fiennes show their talent by underplaying their roles or playing offbeat characters like they never have before. The director did a great job with continuity; the chumscrubber shows up early on before we even know who he is. There is a lot of humor amid the tragedy and it would probably take a second watching to catch it all. Probably the 15 to 25 crowd will like it the best, but I'm almost 60 and I loved it. Great job by the director and writer.


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