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Seventeen year old Justin's (Pucci) underachieving, unfulfilled parents Mike (D'Onofrio) and Audrey (Swinton), saddled with their own baggage, are incapable of dealing with their son's embarrassing thumb-sucking habit. Justin's habit lands him in the office of the orthodontist/new-age guru Dr. Perry Lyman (Reeves), who uses hypnosis to break Justin's habit. But now without a coping mechanism Justin suffers from ADD. Newly armed with Ritalin and a pharmaceutically enhanced self-confidence, he becomes an arrogant, bullying monster. The beauty of this film is in the way Justin relates to the adults around him--all of whom range from eccentric to obscure and are played to perfection.

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Available on Running time 97 minutes. Originally from United States.

Cast and Crew

Crime Drama, Coming of Age, You are Getting Sleepy!, Teen Comedy, Bad Dads
Mike Mills
Lou Taylor Pucci, Tilda Swinton, Vince Vaughn, Vincent D'Onofrio, Keanu Reeves, Benjamin Bratt, Kelli Garner, Chase Offerle
Joaquin Baca-Asay
Mike Mills
Brian Reitzell, Angus Wall, Haines Hall, Walter Cahall, April Napier, Judy Becker
Anthony Bregman, Bob Stephenson, This Is That Cinema Go-Go

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This movie is alright.Justin is a teen who always sucks his thumb. His mother seems to be a normal housekeeper, but she has her own obsessions as well. Justin's father is the only person who's aware of Justin's problem, but none of his advices seem to be working for Justin. He is signed up in a debate workshop, but it isn't going well, because he has his mind on a pretty classmate and, of course, on his thumb, affecting all the rest of his classes. Justin is a loner who prefers to lock himself in the bathroom and suck his thumb. Justin's dentist, a mystical-hippie person, will try to help him overcome his thumb problem, through hypnosis. The school's psychologist will diagnose Justin with the Attention Deficit Disorder, and will prescribe him some drugs. Justin's problem with his thumb will disappear, becoming an hyperactive genius, winning several debate contests and the admiration from his teacher. More serious problems will come for Justin with his mother and his father, and with a drug addiction.