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The Chumscrubber
(2005)
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Co-Produced by:
Simon Rhodes
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Lakeshore Records
(October 18th, 2005)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you want a truly original, small-scale score that even avid collectors could not recognize as a James Horner work.

Avoid it... if Horner's musical interpretation of being on a drug trip doesn't sound like it would make any logical sense to you whatsoever.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,040
WRITTEN 11/12/05
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The Chumscrubber: (James Horner) Black comedies about the pitfalls of American suburban life for the teenage crowd have experienced a renaissance in the last ten years, aided by the immensely popular mainstream hit, American Beauty. No film festival would be complete with several entries in this genre (convenient, of course, because of the low budgets required to make them), and a hyped favorite at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival was The Chumscrubber. A film lauded by debutant director Arie Posen and screenwriter Zac Stanford, The Chumscrubber is a look at life in Hillside, the shallow and medicated suburb of average Americana (in this genre of film, at least) in which parents don't care about their kids, the kids are hopelessly ingrained in drugs, and a character who defeats nasties with his detached head in a post-armageddon world of a video game both inspires the teens and the title of this film. The irony is that if you've never wandered about life in the drugged daze that these teens are experiencing, you'd never be able to relate to the world that Posen has brought to the screen. Despite a remarkable cast of stars portraying the careless parents of these teens (no surprise for one of these artsy, hip projects), the film's cartoonish and satirical edge lost most reviewers before the film could reach a wide release. Torched by audiences who likely didn't understand the film at all, it has all but disappeared from mainstream contention. Like many Sundance films, The Chumscrubber attracted the services of a top composer, but not one you'd think capable of scoring a film through the perspective of a highly medicated or drugged out group of teens. The playfully black nature of the film, bordering on the immensely tragic, would make this project perfect for the talents of Danny Elfman (who never shuns tragedy) or Thomas Newman (who has made a recent career in this genre), but as the sticker on the CD proudly proclaims, the composer of Titanic was inked to a deal for The Chumscrubber.



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Southall - July 16, 2015, at 1:17 p.m.
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Jeremy - October 17, 2007, at 2:17 p.m.
1 comment  (1822 views)
Tough but fair review
Nick - December 15, 2005, at 2:08 p.m.
1 comment  (2517 views)
This score is really really good
Music Man - December 15, 2005, at 1:15 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 55:15
• 1. Our House - performed by Phantom Planet (2:58)
• 2. Bridge to Nowhere - performed by The Like (3:16)
• 3. Run - performed by Snow Patrol (5:58)
• 4. Pure Morning - performed by Placebo (3:48)
• 5. Oblivion - performed by Annetenna (4:24)
• 6. Spreading Happiness All Around (2:03)
• 7. Kidnapping the Wrong Charlie (2:07)
• 8. Dolphins (2:44)
• 9. Pot Casserole (2:25)
• 10. Digging Montage (7:07)
• 11. Parental Rift/The Chumscrubber (3:19)
• 12. Not Fun Any More... (3:28)
• 13. A Confluence of Families (8:16)
• 14. The End (3:23)

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