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as Justin Cobb
as Audrey Cobb
as Mike Cobb
as Mr. Geary
as Dr. Perry Lyman
as Matt Schramm
as Joel Cobb
as 10-year-old Justin
as Stone Guy
as Perry Lyman's Assistant
as Stoner Chick
as Biology Teacher
as Debate Judge
as English Teacher
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Critic Reviews for Thumbsucker
Unlike so many movies in which a character changes in order to propel the plot forward, this one stops to follow up on the consequences of those changes.
Like Justin, Mills struggles to make his point, but even so, this is a tender portrait of teenhood.
A tender but glib coming-of-age journey.
So no one would argue that Thumbsucker sucks. But the thing does seem just so indie-movie familiar.
Mills, who hails from the world of music videos and TV commercials, has surrounded Pucci with a superlative group of actors, all of whom are in tune with his quiet, low-key approach to humor.
Audience Reviews for Thumbsucker
Nowhere near as good as Mike Mills' follow up, Beginners, but Thumbsucker definitely plants the seeds of a budding auteur
"You are not alone. You are not afraid. You don't need your thumb, and your thumb doesn't need you." Justin throws himself and everyone around him into chaos when he attempts to break free from his addiction to his thumb.
A young man, who occasionally still sucks his thumb, navigates adolescence, occasionally finding solace in a new love, an ADD diagnosis, and success in debate club. I simply have no idea what this film is about. I understand the plot of course, but what this film is saying about adolescence or parenting or the over-medication of today's youth is still a mystery to me. One reviewer remarked that unlike other coming-of-age films, this film tracks the effect of the adjustments adolescents make along the way. I find this comment both insightful and perplexing. It is true that the film denies its character easy solutions, but the ending implies that the ultimate answer lies in escape, independence, and time, all of which amount to, in my mind, an easy solution. Is the film simply saying that yes, adolescence is difficult, but it eventually ends? I don't know. Overall, I think there's something interesting going on here, but it's escaped me.
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