Collective Unconsciousness
The Chumscrubber
Review by Ross Anthony

An odd name for a disturbingly odd film. The director gives an evasive definition: "The collective unconsciousness" of modern suburbia. The film bills itself as a cautionary surreal tale, though unfortunately probably, the events seem all too possible within the realm of the real.

Take a suburban cul-de-sac toss in a memorial service and wedding on the same day, video games for kids, drugs for teens, alcohol for adults and a generally pervasive disconnect between just about everybody and you've got the scenario for this flick.

Jamie Bell was brilliant as Billy Elliot and he's just as strong here. What a great actor! All others give first time director solid performances as well. And he really should be commended for beautifully spinning this disconnected community into neat little afghan.

If you meld a masterpiece like "Magnolia" to a good yet frustrating film like "Pieces of April" you'll get something like Chums. For the subject matter, this is a very nice script, tight, crisp dialogue. It's just a little too riddled with a disturbing-tension, a bleakness, pessimism and cynical outlook that kept me too unsettled to be entertained. Too bad, too, because all involved are obviously highly talented.

Loved the pull to climax, but would have ended without the bow tie. A strong B, if you don't mind being disturbed, you may even say A.

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  • The Chumscrubber. Copyright © 2005.
  • Starring Jamie Bell, Camilla Belle, Justin Chatwin, Glenn Close, Rory Culkin, Thomas Curtis, Tim DeKay, William Fichtner, Ralph Fiennes, Richard Gleason, Caroline Goodall, John Heard, Lauren Holly, Jason Isaacs, Allison Janney, Josh Janowicz, Carrie Moss, Lou Pucci, Rita Wilson.
  • Directed by Arie Posin.
  • Screenplay by Zac Stanford. Story by Arie Posin.
  • Produced by Lawrence Bender, Bonnie Curtis at El Camino/Equity/NewMarket.

Grade..........................B (2/4)

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