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The Chumscrubber
Genre: Dark Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 106 (Mar 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

Glenn Close, William Fichtner, Ralph Fiennes, Caroline Goodall, John Heard, Lauren Holly, Jason Isaacs, Allison Janney, Carrie-Anne Moss, Rita Wilson, Jamie Bell, Camilla Belle, Justin Chatwin, Rory Culkin, Thomas Curtis & Lou Taylor Pucci

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Special features include filmmaker commentary, the 12-minute making of featurette, 10 deleted/extended scenes, and previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): DreamWorks Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 91967
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Language, violent content, drug material, and some sexuality
(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 107
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2005
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 01/10/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Arie Posin
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Dean Stiffle (Bell) is your normal run-of-the-mill teenager living in identical-home suburbia with a note-scribbling father (Fichtner) and lifestyle-pushing mother (Janney), but when he finds his best friend dead and fails to share this with anyone, he turns this seemingly idyllic community on end, with all characters' lives unravelling and colliding to a sad end. Falling into the "dark comedy" genre, The Chumscrubber is actually a surreal and ultimately sad look into the medicated and ignored life of urban teenagers. (Jack Kelley)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.40:1 DVD picture looks great, with a color palette that is richly saturated throughout. The picture is sharp and nicely detailed overall, with pleasing textures and definition. Images are clean and smooth, with no bothersome pixelization or edge enhancement. (Suzanne Hodges)

The surround channels are not used often in the Dolby