Indie Gems: The Chumscrubber

The boring suburbia.
At least that's how teen drug dealing Troy (Josh Janowicz) views it before he hangs himself. He leaves behind his best friend Dean, (Jamie Bell) who is still trying to cope with it, but finds himself in an unlikely scenario. You see Troy's customers still want to get at his pills, and they know Dean is the closest they will come. When he refuses, the trio of Crystal, (Camilla Belle) Lee, (Lou Taylor Pucci) and Billy (Justin Chatwin) try to kidnap Dean's little brother. Only they end up with the wrong kid. Instead they get the child of a police officer (John Heard) and a wedding planner, (Rita Wilson) who is about to marry the local dolphin loving mayor. (Ralph Fiennes)

There's a lot going on in The Chumscrubber, but it doesn't feel cluttered and chaotic. Some will complain about the idea of "suburbia sucks" plot line being used, but I found the stories generally interesting. The cast comes together wonderfully. There's a lot of talented people in this film. I initially wanted to see this film because of Ralph Fiennes, while he's not in it very much he's got some memorable moments. He's definitely not the sinister Ralph Fiennes I've grown used to.

Overall, the plot may seem recycled from so many movies before, but it shouldn't discourage you from actually seeing the film. The performances are great, the soundtrack is lovely and it flows smoothly.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: B

Memorable Quote: " No, it wasn't like that at all..." - Dean (Jamie Bell)


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