ratbag’s review

“Thumbsucker” doesn’t suck, at all! It’s also not just another teen-angst flick. It is a funny, thoughtful, and enjoyable movie. I would give this two thumbs up!

Although the movie revolves around Justin, a thoughtful, sensitive, teenager who happens to have a rather nasty habit of sucking his thumb, it also shows his relationship with his parents, brother, teachers, his peers and his dentist, who all undergo their own personal development during the course of the movie.

Justin and his brother call their parents by their first names, and in the case of the Cobbs, this doesn’t seem to increase or decrease the level of respect or obedience teenagers have for their parents. Justin and his mother Audrey seem to be alike – they both have crushes: he, for a girl in his debating class, and she, for an actor on daytime TV.

“Thumbsucker” shows that teenagers with a lot of parental love and support can also end up feeling alienated anyway. The path to adulthood is often fraught with anguish, mostly self-inflicted. But sometimes, meeting a mean girl who’d break your heart in a second can do that too.

The casting is excellent – I hadn’t checked the cast list before watching it, and was pleasantly surprised to find so many known and good actors in it. Keanu Reaves was a surprise, and a hoot to watch. Tilda Swinton is one cool lady, and I will certainly be looking out for her other movies.