R 107min 2005
”The Chumscrubber” is about Dean Stiffle (Jamie Bell) discovers the body of his best friend, Troy, and doesn’t bother telling any of the parents in his postcard-perfect California neighborhood. He knows that these families prefer to go about their lives by ignoring reality entirely. But when this scandal hits home, will they take notice, or will they continue along their merry, self-medicated way? — from the back cover
It’s about the growing dependence of drugs in America those moments of true epiphanies, and the disconnection between adults and young people. It showcases good performances from Jamie Bell, Glenn Close, and Ralph Fiennes. This is a film that most people won’t get. If it goes over your head listen with the commentary on and a lot of the film will be explained.
The second running commentary of “The Chumscrubber” is the dependence of prescription drugs as a coping mechanism for American. Prescribing take is prevalent throughout this film and the reason for the major conflict of this film. Taking the stance that the abuse of prescription drugs is leading to a disconnected nation in America.
The third commentary running thourgh the film is that when you take away the self-medication and deal with the reality around you, you can have a true moment of clarity or epiphany. Throughout this film characters find there moments of clarity and others are still left behind in the cloud of self-medication. These epiphanies range from mystical to final confront their self-conflict. Each moment is unique to each character, some are flashy and others are subtle thing that you may not pick up on.
“The Chumscrubber” major commentary is the disconnection between adults and the young people through out this film. On several occasions many of the events in this film would not have happen had an adult truly listen to what that kids where saying or paid attention to what they were doing. It showed two sphere rotating in this community. The parents with the heads in the sand and the children left to fend for themselves. Each time that veil is pierced the characters change for the better.
It has some great emotional performances. Glenn Close’s character’s disconnect and grief is saddening to the point of being almost comical and at some points is. Jamie Bell plays the one facet of American youth coming to the realization that their life would be better if not on prescription drugs. Ralph Fiennes as the mayor has the most startle performance; you see a man truly facing a change in his world and it’s fundamentally changing him. All three of these performances ground the film and all other performances gravitate around them.
“The Chumscrubber” isn’t saying that prescription drugs are evil and they are not need. What it’s trying to convey is that for some the drugs hinder their life. It’s making the statement that everyone taking prescription drugs should take a personal inventory as to if you truly need the self-medication that you are taking.
The DVD has pretty much standard. It has filmmakers’ commentary that explains a lot about this film that at first viewing may go over you head. It has a standard ‘make of’ featurettes. A few deleted and extended that should have been left in the film to explain a few things. It has movie previews for “Red Eye” and “Just Like Heaven.”
I give it 3/5 Gs.