Synopsis: Justin is a teenager boy, who has an oral obsession with his thumb. His mother seems to be a normal housekeeper, but she has her own obsessions as well, like a crush on a TV-star. The only person who's aware of Justin's problem is his father, manager in a store, but none of his advices seem to be working for Justin. The kid is signed up in a debate workshop, but the thing isn't going well, because he has his mind in a pretty classmate and, of course, in his thumb, affecting all the rest of his classes. So, Justin is a loner kid in the school, who prefers to lock himself in the bathroom and suck his thumb. Justin's dentist, a mystical-hippie person, will try to help to overcome his thumb problem, through the hypnosis. But the school's psychologist will diagnose Justin with the Attention Deficit Disorder, and will prescribe him some drugs. Suddenly, Justin's problem with his thumb will disappear, becoming an hyperactive genius, winning several debate contests and the admiration from his
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Mike Mills
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  5 wins & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
96 min

You're good at stuff like this.

I have to find something

distinctive about myself.

- You're beautiful, Audrey.

- Seriously.

He's a cheeseball.

I don't think so.

Besides, that's just the role

he plays.

Maybe we could work

on this together later?


The ocean contains 97 percent

of the Earth's water...

...and generates over 70 percent

of the Earth's oxygen...

...and replenishes our fresh water

through the clouds.

If our oceans are failing,

then so will we.

Well done. Justin, rebuttal.

- Justin?

- Actually, I...

I agree with Rebecca.

I saw this show on Animal Planet...

...about how they were giving

depressed male baboons Prozac.

Justin, this isn't Agree Club.

It's Debate Club.

If you had done your research...'d have the confidence

to have an opinion.

And if you have an opinion that's based

on facts gathered from your research...

...then you are confident to speak.

And speaking confidently

does what, class?

Speaking confidently...

- Wins minds.

- ... that's right, wins minds.


...if you wanna admire Rebecca,

you can do that during recess.

If you wanna compete here,

you're gonna have to apply yourself.

You can have a seat, Rebecca.

Sasha, Lewis. Well done, have a seat.

I like the Animal Planet,

though, Justin.

Great channel.

Perry is ready for you, Justin.

Come on back.



Justin, do they teach you about

the subconscious at school?

- A little.

- Ever heard of subconscious pressure?

- Involuntary behaviours?

- Like a serial killer.


Justin, all of us carry

a certain weight.

A weight we don't recognise.

Some of us have heavy loads.

- In our minds?

- Yeah. A force from inside.

We don't know its name,

but it makes us do things.

Things we don't... to admit.

- Your dad still in the six- K?

- Yeah.

He's very attached to the idea

of winning.

He was gonna be

a pro football player.

- He didn't get picked up?

- He injured his knee.

I don't think he likes me

always beating him.

It's just for fun.

The Oregon State application

came in.

- So?

- So...

...there's nothing wrong

with staying close to home.

- What about New York?

- You don't have those grades.

You just haven't applied yourself in

a way admissions people recognise.

You apply to some fancy,

far- off school...

- ... you might be disappointed.

- Whatever.

Plate, honey. Okay...

- - the front for the liberation

of Palestine. Natalie.

And, Charles, this bombing comes

just one day after the Palestinians...

...paved the way

for a U.S.- back ed peace plan... appointing that new cabinet.

How much of a setback could this be?

What is that? You're doing it.

- Mike.

- What?

- What- -?

- What? It's pathetic.

- Come on. Go easy on this, Audrey.

- Hey, hey, hey. Listen.

- Maybe you could give yourself a break.

- Come on, stop with the feel- good shit.

Hold on a second, now.

- What about T.J.?

- Well... know I love him. It's just

the drugs. He can't beat them.

But he needs you, especially now.

After all these years,

you gotta know...

...under all those problems,

he's good people.

- What about you?

- I don't need love.

I'm looking for something else.

Why didn't we bring Joel?

Isn't this nice, just the two of us?

Hey, Justin, come here.

What do you think?

When are you gonna wear that?

I have to take my picture

for the Health Valley contest.

- It's the Matt Schramm thing.

- God, Audrey.

You're very good at thinking

things are stupid.

I just wanna see if I can win.

Do I look stupid in this?

You're my mother.

- You're married to my father.

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Walter Kirn

Walter Kirn (born August 3, 1962) is an American novelist, literary critic, and essayist. He is the author of eight books, most notably Up in the Air, which was made into a film of the same name starring George Clooney. more…

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