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Actors: Jamie Bell, Camilla Belle, Justin Chatwin, Glenn Close, William Fichtner, Rita Wilson, Ralph Fiennes, Carrie-Anne Moss, Allison Janney, Rory Culkin

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Troy supplies “feel good” pills to all the kids at Hillside High thus spreading happiness all around. When Dean Stiffle (Jamie Bell) finds he's running low on his “happiness“ of choice, he pays a visit to his best friend (and neighbor) Troy. Mrs. Carrie Johnson (Glenn Close), in the middle of hosting a party, tells Dean that Troy is in his room. She hopes that Dean can persuade Troy to lower the screechy music he has been blasting all day. Once inside, Dean realizes that Troy has committed suicide by hanging himself from his bedroom ceiling. A shocked Dean leaves the house without telling anyone about his gruesome discovery.
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The next morning, Dean's father Bill (William Fichtner), a child psychiatrist turned author, encourages Dean to discuss his feelings about Troy's death. Bill is particularly interested in knowing why Dean did not notify any of the adults at the party. Dean is tight-lipped, as past confessions have been fodder for Bill's recent novel, The Happy Accident.   Dean finally admits he kept silent because he knew the adults would not care. As Dean predicted, Bill immediately begins scribbling on a pad. Exasperated with his son, Bill prescribes the drug Viloprex, to give Dean “a little balance“. Dean, desperate for any kind of fix, accepts the bottle without argue. At school, class punk Billy (Justin Chatwin) calls Dean “psycho” and menacingly warns that Dean should not ignore him. During lunch, the alluring and mysterious Crystal Falls (Camilla Belle) approaches Dean, wanting to discuss Troy's suicide. Dean is rudely giving Crystal the brush-off until she admits that Troy was her friend. As Dean begins to open up, Billy and his sidekick, Lee (Lou Taylor Pucci), appear. Dean realizes that Crystal, friends of the two boys, was just using Dean for information. Billy announces that Troy's bedroom contains drugs that Billy needs and Dean is to get them … or else. To ensure that Dean complies, the trio decides to kidnap his younger brother Charlie (Rory Culkin) and hold him for drug ransom.

Across town, Terri Bratley (Rita Wilson), a successful, demanding interior designer, is busy preparing for her glorious wedding to the eccentric mayor, Michael Ebbs (Ralph Fiennes). Consumed by wedding plans, Terri tells Michael to pick-up her son Charlie from school. When Michael arrives, he learns that Charlie has gone home on his own. Actually, Billy and company, mistakenly thinking that he is Dean's brother, have kidnapped little Charlie Bratley. When Charlie explains that they have the wrong kid, the group decides to keep him anyway. They take him to Crystal's house where her sexy mother Jerri (Carrie-Anne Moss) is delighted to have Terri Bratley's son in her home.

Crystal soon phones Dean and explains about the botched kidnapping attempt. Even though Dean briefly speaks with someone who claims to be Charlie Bratley, he is unconvinced and heads to the Bratley home. Terri and Michael are extremely preoccupied; they believe Charlie, supposedly locked in his bedroom, is refusing to communicate due to anger about the upcoming nuptials. Dean knows the truth but as before, he leaves the Bratley home without saying anything.

The review of this Movie prepared by Tara Dugan



Script Analysis of The Chumscrubber

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   2000's+ (present) Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Kids:    -   drugs Age group    -   trouble in high school

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Misc setting    -   school

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   A lot of foul language

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