It's weird that society teaches us that we should act as a grown up. But what is a grown up anyway? Those people with responsibilities? Those people who behave in a certain way in a certain circumtances? Or those people who gives up their peers in order to be accepted by society? You decide.
Justin (Lou Taylor Pucci) is seventeen year old high school student, and he still sucking his thumb. His father, Mike (Vincent D'Onofrio) tells him to stop sucking his thumb. Justin suspect that his mother, Audrey (Tilda Swinton) is having an affair with her patient, a TV star named Matt Schramm (Benjamin Bratt). An orthodontist, Dr.Perry Lyman (Keanu Reeves) is trying to cure his thumbsucking addiction, but it backfires. His debate teacher, Mr.Geary (Vince Vaughn) suggests that Justin should take medication. Meanwhile Justin is falling in love with his classmate, Rebecca (Kelli Garner). Directed by Mike Mills. Based on a novel by Walter Kirn.
It seems a pretty confident debut for someone working with "big" names. But it works, because it means it actually I got to see good performances; Keanu Reeves and Vince Vaughn, both I doubted their acting abilities, actually gave awesome performances. Both of them can be funny with a sense of irony. Everyone seems great with their roles, especially Tilda Swinton and Vincent D'Ofronio. I mentioned in "The Break-Up" movie that both Vince and Vincent are look-alike, and in this movie they are shining. One thing I hate about this movie, is the music. It's annoying choir. Bah. But I found this to be an emotionally honest movie, but not tedious as the film looks. The film may be a little slow to find itself, and it dwells on how taboo thumbsucking is, so perhaps that has something to do with my initial reaction. Maybe thumbsucking is such a strong but subjugated symbol of mother-love, or a sort of surreally sensual one.
Thumbsucker is a great story about growing up and becoming an adult. Though it focuses on Justin and him leaving his 'childish' behaviour, it is about everyone growing up and that we are all infallible. When we're adults were meant to have all the answers, but we don't. We are always searching for the answer to what makes us happy. Justin is always trying to find the next placebo to make him happy; sucking his thumb, medication, drugs, yet he never stays happy for long as they don't really offer happiness. In the end, it's his choice to whether he wants to go back to his habit or just grow up. It's one of those that makes you think and reflect. It inspires introspection and search for answers as well as questions about your past, your history, who you really are.. Yeah, but at least, it's light. Funny at times, sincere, well researched or analyzed, I should say. The characters were very realistic. "Thumbs" up to the movie.
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