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:: Thumbsucker

Love, rejection, trust. Everyone has their way of dealing with problems and Justin Cobb’s (Lou Pucci) way is to suck his thumb. This may seem normal for a young child but not a 17-year-old adolescent. Thumbsucker delves into a world of questions which don’t have easy solutions and suggests that always needing to find a solution may be a problem in itself.

The film focuses on a small issue (thumbsucking) which later transgresses into a much bigger problem. When Perry Lyman (Keanu Reeves), Justin’s new-age orthodontist hypnotises him to stop sucking his thumb Justin is unable to vent his emotion and becomes detached and withdrawn, more so than before. This behaviour, results in his parents Audrey (Tilda Swinton) and Mike (Vincent D’Onofrio) taking him to a counselling session along with his debating teacher (Vince Vaughan) and a somewhat clueless psychologist. They agree that Justin’s behaviour is comparable with Attention Deficit Disorder. It is here that Justin is forced to deal with issues such as love and failure after the prescribed pills he takes set him on a course of self-destruction and further mask deeper issues at hand.

Characters such as Perry Lyman challenge the norm and force Justin to think that problems can’t just be solved easily by mere pill popping, something which his father Mike want’s to believe is an easy answer to his son’s problem. Perry’s (Reeve’s) new age antics and methods brings a humorous element into the script along with Matt Schramm (Benjamin Bratt) who plays the has-been cheeseball actor and drug addict who Audrey councils.

The film thrive on excellent acting from those who usually play high profile roles but bring a certain subtlety to the independent nature of the film. Pucci is believable and sincere as a teen who is trying to deal with his life in an environment where the people surrounding him don’t even have a handle on theirs.

A brilliant movie for those who appreciate topics on a deeper level which encourage discussion and thought.