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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Dark Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 107 (Apr 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

Lou Pucci, Tilda Swinton, Vincent D'Onofrio, Keanu Reeves, Benjamin Bratt, Kelli Garner & Vince Vaughn

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 2.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features include audio commentary with writer/director Mike Mills, DVD ROM Director's Blog, a 22-minute behind-the-scenes featurette, a 42-minute conversation with Mills and novelist Walter Kirn, and seven previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Sony Pictures Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 11482
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For drug/alcohol use and sexuality involving teens, language and a disturbing image
(Retail Price): $26.96
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 96
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2004
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 01/24/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Mike Mills
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
In the privacy of his bedroom or in the stall of his high school's bathroom, Justin (Pucci) is a Thumbsucker...and he just can't stop. But with the hypnotic help of his new-age orthodontist (Reeves) and some good ol' ADD meds, he becomes a new student exuding confidence and becoming the debate team's top dog, much to the chagrin of his middle-aged father (D'Onofrio). However, this new-found bravada is short-lived and he must discover, with the help of tree-hugger-turned-pothead Rebecca (Garner), who he really is and what it means to be "normal." Based on the novel by Walter Kirn. (Jack Kelley)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture exhibits sharp and nicely detailed images, at times with exceptional textures. Other scenes are somewhat soft or blurred. Colors are richly saturated and well balanced with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. There is no bothersome edge enhancement and only occasional pixelization noticed. (Suzanne Hodges)

Without any real surround envelopment, the Dolby