The Chumscrubber

The Chumscrubber

DVD - 2006
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A dark comedy about the modern teenage experience, where life in a seemingly idyllic suburban town is less than perfect.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal, 2006
Edition: Widescreen
ISBN: 9781417030880
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (108 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Apr 25, 2015

Like an uneasy collaboration between Wes Anderson and Larry Clark, director Arie Posin’s darkly satirical send-up of America’s new generation gap turns a seemingly idyllic slice of suburbia into a toxic battleground where angst-ridden kids flounder while clueless parents grapple with their own neuroses. At times hilarious—a woman is so preoccupied with fears of abandonment that it takes her two days to realize her son has been abducted—at other times filled with barely suppressed rage—a passive-aggressive mother makes a point of telling everyone in the neighbourhood that she in no way blames them for her son’s suicide—this is an unsettling mix of offbeat humour and scathing social critique which doesn’t always gel yet still manages to pack a vicious punch or two. A sad tale of mid-life crises gone awry, prescription tranquilizers that no longer work, and a pervasive loneliness of epidemic proportions told with tongue in cheek and teeth firmly gritted. The title, fittingly enough, refers to a popular post-apocalyptic video game heavy on violence and alienation. This is the type of work Bergman may have envisioned had he flunked out of film school and moved to Orange County. Stars Glenn Close, Ralph Fiennes, and Allison Janney.

Feb 05, 2011

Very original!


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