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Thumbsucker (2005) Justin (Lou Pucci), the 17-year-old hero of Thumbsucker , is one of those long-haired indie-flick adolescent pretty-boys who act out their deep reservoirs of disaffection… 2005-09-16 R PT97M Comedy Lou Pucci Tilda Swinton Benjamin Bratt Vincent D'Onofrio Keanu Reeves Vince Vaughn Sony Pictures Classics
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Thumbsucker (2005)

MPAA Rating: R

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Lou Pucci, Thumbsucker | TASTES LIKE CHICKEN A high school outcast becomes a master debater
Image credit: Thumbsucker: Todd Cole
TASTES LIKE CHICKEN A high school outcast becomes a master debater
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Limited Release: Sep 16, 2005; Rated: R; Length: 97 Minutes; Genre: Comedy; With: Lou Pucci and Tilda Swinton; Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Justin (Lou Pucci), the 17-year-old hero of Thumbsucker, is one of those long-haired indie-flick adolescent pretty-boys who act out their deep reservoirs of disaffection by not saying very much. Adapted from Walter Kirn's 1999 novel, the film isn't nearly as witty as its source, but just as you're growing weary of its shaggy morose cool, Justin, who has never stopped sucking his thumb, is put on Ritalin, and he becomes a debate-team champion — a precocious star, reveling in his mouthy superiority. Alas, his newfound jerkdom doesn't last, but even after the film returns to its alt-rock-flavored preciousness, Pucci proves to be one of the most charismatic male ingenues since Johnny Depp.

Originally posted Sep 14, 2005 Published in issue #841 Sep 23, 2005 Order article reprints