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Review: The Chumscrubber

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The Chumscrubber
directed by Arie Posin
story by Arie Posin
screenplay by Zac Stanford

          The Chumscrubber
assembles such an amazing collection of actors that their mishandling
by novice director Arie Posin is unforgivable. The filmmaker’s disorganized
commentary on the ignorance of suburban parents packs on the subplots
and supporting characters as if it were combining multiple scripts rather
than weaving relative stories. It is almost as if Posin fears he won’t
be allowed a follow-up so every idea he’s ever had is thrown into
his debut. Now the chance of a sophomore effort is even smaller.

Jamie Bell is devoted as can be with his common outcast part as he plods through
a small community hopped up on anti-depressants while being blackmailed

by a kidnapping bully (Justin Chatwin) from school. Meanwhile Allison
Janney brightens up her own scenes as a clueless mom one step above the
actress’ catatonic role in American Beauty. Rounding out the talented
cast is Glenn Close, William Fichtner, Jason Isaacs, Carrie-Anne Moss,
John Heard and Rita Wilson, all doubtlessly unaware of what film they
are in. Ralph Fiennes is so confused that he isn’t even independently
convincing, portraying the town mayor as if he were an autistic visitor
from another planet.
The cast cannot be blamed, though. The primary fault, above the convoluted
script and scattered company, is Posin’s lack of commitment to a
consistent tone. Mostly alternating between serious observational drama
and ludicrous black comedy, The Chumscrubber at times is a surreal farce,
a quirky sitcom or a tragic parable. Fluctuating between compassion and
sarcasm towards its characters, the film is overly pointed in its criticisms
but insufficiently indifferent in its viewpoint. On the heels of over
twenty years of sharp suburban satire, Posin’s contribution is like
a cluttered eyesore at the dead-end of a tract-housing street.

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  • Jez

    i thought it was great it was a dark comedy i thought that Justin Chatwin was excellent and i really hope it goes far for the cutie! i think he is going to be the next Tom Cruise just not that open