Justin Cobb is a 16-year-old desperate to find a way to break the embarrassing habit he has retained since infancy: thumbsucking. Hypnosis seems to work, but the problem surfaces in other forms from drug addiction to alcoholism. It’s not easy growing up, no matter what age you are…
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Another slice off the never-ending loaf of awkward coming-of-age sagas. Since adolescent angst is pretty much locked in these films, all one can do is observe the configuration of the deck furniture: restless camerawork, curated soundtrack, dour colour palette and some unlikely homilies from Reeve's Orthodontist. Sweet, innocuous and largely forgettable before the next gauche teenager sulks into view.
"Its because we all wanna be problem less, to fix ourselves. We look for some magic solution to make us all better...but no. Its just we don't really know what were doing. And why is that so bad? That's all we humans can do. I guess, try, hope. Just pray you don't fool yourself into thinking about the answer. Cause that's bullshit. The trick is living without an answer. I think." -Perry Lyman
Features a wonderfully tremulous central performance from then newcomer Lou Taylor Pucci as the maladjusted, thumb sucking teen Justin more than ably supported by Vincent D'Onofrio and Tilda Swinton as his functionally dysfunctional parents. Also an amusingly bizarre turn from Keanu Reeves as Justin's Orthodondist come spiritual guardian a la Wings of Desire. Has a pumping soundtrack too. Its a thumbs up from me...
A very enjoyable coming-of-age movie from indie-American director Mike Mills. Not as powerful as 'Beginners', but there's some great acting and some really good writing in it. And I loved those few slow-motion sequences where Mills turns the soundtrack louder. A few of the characters develop unexpectedly in the second half and will stay with me for long. Now I'm looking even more forward to '20th Century Women'!
Despite ticking a lot of the boxes on the "oh look, we're a HIP INDIE FILM checklist" (the character quirks, the mellow soundtrack, the moments of angst and philosophising, etc), Thumbsucker still works well thanks to the main performances. The fact that Keanu Reeves almost steals the show with his smaller supporting turn also helps.
Our Daily Free Stream: Thumbsucker (german dubbed). Manche Eltern benehmen sich wie Eltern, andere wollen unsere besten Freunde sein. Wahrscheinlich sind die idealen Eltern beides und vielleicht führt nur die eine Rolle zu einer unglücklichen Teenagerzeit. Oder ist die Teeniezeit sowieso unglücklich? Wie dem auch sei.(...)