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Thumbsucker [DVD]

Lou Taylor Pucci , Tilda Swinton , Ted Beckman    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Lou Taylor Pucci, Tilda Swinton, Vincent D'Onofrio, Vince Vaughn, Keanu Reeves
  • Directors: Ted Beckman
  • Producers: Tim DeLaughter, Anthony Bregman
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Uca
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Sep 2007
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,158 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



A sterling cast--including Vince Vaughn, Keanu Reeves, Vincent D'Onofrio and especially Tilda Swinton--lifts this coming-of-age story above the norm. Justin (Lou Pucci, Personal Velocity) is 17, yet he still sucks his thumb. Depressed, he frets that his parents (D'Onofrio, Full Metal Jacket, and Swinton, Orlando) are going to split up, that he has no focus in life, and that the girl he longs for can never love him--until his orthodontist (Reeves, The Matrix) hypnotises Justin into quitting his thumbsucking, and a questionable diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder results in medication that launches him into a wave of over-achievement. The script, though it has some clever flourishes, never lifts beyond typical adolescent turmoil, but thanks to wonderfully vivid and multi-layered performances (including Vaughn, Wedding Crashers, as a debate teacher with hair issues), the movie never flags. Swinton also executive-produced the movie; she clearly saw in this suburban mother a character she could invest with as much emotion and intensity as the angel Gabriel (Constantine) or the White Witch of Narnia (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe). It's rich, intricate acting--never showy--yet mesmerizing. Thumbsucker also features Benjamin Bratt (Pinero) and Kelli Garner (Man of the House). --Bret Fetzer,

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Comedy based on the novel by Walter Kirn. Justin Cobb (Lou Pucci) still sucks his thumb at 17. He wants to stop and knows that his thumbsucking is disrupting his family, his love life and his identity. The only thing that changes his behaviour is hypnosis therapy administered by his 'guru' orthodontist. But while Justin felt this would solve all his problems and he would finally be 'normal', his troubles were really just beginning. Thumbsucking was only a symptom of a deep-seated fear: that he and his father aren't good enough for his mother, and that she would leave them. Thumbsucking was the only way to soothe this fear. Once that is gone Justin spirals into manic behaviour, is diagnosed with ADHD and put on Ritalin, which becomes a substitute for his thumb. When the high of the prescription drugs and a newfound success at school crash, Justin turns to pot and sex to replace his thumb.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly little screen time for thumbs! 9 Aug 2006
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Thumbsucker is a gentle and well observed film, which keeps the audience interested throughout. With strong performances from all the leading roles, the film also includes Keanu Reeves and Vince Vaughn who, surprising, do not seem out of place, and both give their most accomplished performances to date.

Thumbsucker is a story of a teenage boy who cannot stop sucking his thumb, however as the film continues we see the emphasis, not on the thumbsucking, but on the inability of the characters to deal with problems. The thumbsucking is a symbol, be it slightly exaggerated, to allow a viewer to relate to the idea of feeling isolated and concerned by behaviour which is not "normal".

Natural lighting, uncomfortable silences and relatively simple camera work gives the film a very realistic tone, and at the same time the director manages to avoid the over-use of the shaky camera now found in almost all independent films trying to desperately show "realism".

The film gently plods through the story of the thumbsucking teenager as he tries to find himself, but unfortunately I found that the ending was surprising predictable for a relatively unconventional film. Overall, however, Thumbsucker is an engaging and well made film that makes a nice change to the image of squeaky clean film characters. Seems to be one of those, "love it or hate it" things, but it is well worth watching.

P.S. I hate Marmite but liked this film...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Some hilarious cameos from Keanu Reeves and Vince Vaughn as well as a great indie cast make sure Thumbsucker isn't just any old coming-of-age movie. Also, the soundtrack is magic: written by Polyphonic Spree, with a little bit of Elliott Smith thrown in for good measure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs up for this movie 9 April 2007
By L. Davidson VINE VOICE
"Thumbsucker" is less a film about a teenage boy with a thumb sucking habit and more of a general observation about life and relationships in a fairly normal American family. The film has strong characterisation, good acting performances and it is a tribute to its qualities that the viewer empathises with and cares about nearly all of the colourful characters in it. We follow young Justin through his thumbsucking awkwardness as eventually appropriate medication solves his problem and his school life and love life begin to flourish. "Thumbsucker" is a well observed, likeable film that deserves a wider audience.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant if you can relate 9 April 2006
I watched this film and fell in love with it straight away. It has no specific climax, no melodrama to compell the audience, no special effects or explicit sex to grab your attention. It is purely a story of an american family and their underlying pyschological issues, given to you in the form of this film, not caring whether millions of people or merely hundreds watch it. It has been made how it wants to be, not how the audience wants it to be, which makes it a refreshing change to the conformities we are bombarded with in the present time. This film is especially enjoyed if the viewer can relate to the pyschological problems the boy, or even other characters such as the father obtain. This film is based on a many touchy subjects, including one of loneliness. This leads to what I feel is the defining line of 'We are all addicted to something, an idea... the idea that once you have a family you will never be alone again'
Not for everyone, but for those who like something different, a gem.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indescribable 27 Feb 2006
I went to see this movie alone. I left and physically couldn't talk for about an hour afterwards. I was soulfully affected by this film and i can't decide why. I think it is beautifully filmed, engaging and sophisticated enough that everyone should see it but i think it will speak to some people specifically, depending on your own childhood, and cause the same shattering affect as it did one me. I loved it and think it is worthy of a mass audience watching, if only to understand what it is like to be the product of such an environment. And for some people i think it will be the same wake up call as it was for me; that someone else understands my own personal childhood experience enough to have produced a film that speaks so vividly to me personally. Worth everyone giving it a watch, and the sound track is fantastic
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I found "ThumbSucker" to be an emotionally honest film, but not tedious as the film looks for some outlandish opportunities thankfully. It seems a pretty confident debut for someone working with "big" names: Keanu's unorthodox orthodontist, Vincent D'Onofrio as a self-silencing sort with a hint Donald Sutherland maybe, Vince Vaughan still funny without banging on the funny bone and Tilda Swinton delivers a performance both lucid and opaque. Lastly Lou Pucci in the middle of it all with an earnest innocence that doesn't feel vapid. He works as an EveryBoy for me, plus the way his looks mimic Swintons (and the younger boy's mimic D'Onofrio I wonder if that was conscious casting??)

There are some great lines in this film, two by Swinton in a pivotal scene, and actually Benjamin Bratt reveals those to us. D'Onofrio also says something like "I'm just getting used to you" at a crucial point, and that captures the sad fleeting nature of being a parent with doubt. Aside from parents, I also loved the dialog with the younger brother at the end of the film; a nice solipsism shattering scene, and probably one beloved by younger siblings the world round. And the three stages of Keanu are both funny and illuminating.

The film may be a little slow to find itself, and on the commentary there was some conversation about how taboo thumbsucking is, so perhaps that has something to do with my initial reaction? Maybe thumbsucking is such a strong but subjugated symbol of mother-love, or a sort of surreally sensual one?? The film is lifted by humor (when not always expected, Vaughan applying mascara to a debate débutante, he must of ad-libbed that??!?), yet the film is also riveted by relaxed-yet-focused performances by *everyone* (again a testament to Mike Mills the director).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking
A difficult one as the main character seems to overcome thumbsucking, ADH and then abandonment of pills in quite big leaps... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Maria Elizabeth Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Endearingly Sweet Film about How a Teenage Boy Copes with a Regressive...
Not having read the novel of the same title on which this film is based, I thoroughly expected this film to be a teen farce, given the potentially absurd problem that bedevils the... Read more
Published on 7 Mar 2012 by Gerald Parker
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I am happy with my purchase, it arrived in good nick and didn't take long in the post.
Published on 2 April 2010 by Peter Mclaren
5.0 out of 5 stars Make every effort
This film adds patience and resonance to understanding what it is that is you. A tribal look at individuality, acceptance, finding happiness, and qualities that reflect your angle... Read more
Published on 1 Nov 2009 by words with wonder
3.0 out of 5 stars Relax, have a glass of wine and watch.
Reminded me of The Station Agent, in that, though nothing spectacular was happening much, it could have just kept going as you watched what happened next. Read more
Published on 6 Mar 2008 by Chris Morse
1.0 out of 5 stars Thumbsucker
The movie was all over the place. Could have been good, but they were trying to do too much in one film and it never really got any where.
Published on 4 Jun 2007 by Josie54321
4.0 out of 5 stars inconsequential but nice
One of those inconsequential indie films that doesn't actually do very much, but ambles along nicely due to some gentle performances. Read more
Published on 8 May 2006 by Johnentwistlespout
4.0 out of 5 stars a very touching film
a beautiful film although i found it hard to understand at first,i would definitely recommend it as a heartbreaker!!!

work a watch for sure....
Published on 29 April 2006 by E. Humpage
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