Monday, March 13

Jamie Bell is So Cute


Tonight Joe and I watched The Chumscrubber (2005) with Jamie Bell (aka Billy Elliot), Ralph Fiennes, Rita Wilson, and Glenn Close. We hardly ever watch movies at home, especially during the week, but Joe’s been sick so we decided to take it easy tonight.

I absolutely adore independent films, and I highly recommend this one. It was a classic dark comedy. It parodied the human condition in a way that was both humorous and poignant. One of the film’s central ironies is misery amidst abundance. And in this film, nothing numbs misery like narcotics. The kids are all either high or medicated or both.

The setting for the film is the suburban sprawl of southern California. I wouldn’t want to reduce the film to a simplistic formula of McMansions and sprawl = insanity; rather, the film uses these things as powerful symbols for the emotional distance and isolation experienced by those living in a consumer culture.

It made me wonder whether it’s possible to raise a sane child in America. I hope Joe and I can figure out a way.

5 Comments:

Blogger Alan said...

I thought it was a great movie. Not quite as dark as "Donnie Darko" (have you seen that?) but better than "Thumbsucker" (also worth a watch.)

I just wish I could find a Chumbscrubber tshirt somewhere. :)

9:33 AM  
Blogger Ryan said...

wow sounds like i need 2 c this and yes he is cute.

10:08 AM  
Blogger The Persian said...

looks interesting... born 1986??? eh-gads i feel old now.

11:58 AM  
Blogger Sandouri Dean Bey said...

persian guy-
you still look good in your tighty whities though :)

12:00 PM  
Blogger Sandouri Dean Bey said...

alan,
yes, i saw donnie darko and really like it. it's funny you should bring it up because there were elements of chumscrubber that definitely reminded me of donnie darko.

10:07 PM  

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