MiniReview: Thumbsucker

Based on the Walter Kirn novel of the same name, Thumbsucker is an interesting little film by first-time director Mike Mills (no relation to the R.E.M. bass player). The film captures well the strained relationships between a teen boy who still sucks his thumb and his screwed up parents, classmates and teachers. Tilda Swinton is great as the mom neither the audience or her son really understand until late in the film, and Benjamin Bratt has a nice cameo as a cocaine-addicted TV star. Vince Vaughn, Vincent D’Onofrio and Keanu Reeves also put in good performances – especially Reeve’s Zen-master orthodontist. The story is bittersweet, and full of very authentic moments – a nice little indie flick worth checking out. Two-and-a-half stars.

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