Picks and Pans Review: Thumbsucker

updated 10/03/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/03/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Tilda Swinton, Keanu Reeves

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Does anyone ever really grow up? In this appealingly oddball comic drama, Justin Cobb (Lou Pucci) is still sucking his thumb at 17. His folks (Swinton and Vincent D'Onofrio) and the other adults around him disapprove, but they're in many ways as emotionally confused and unformed as he is. This coming-of-age tale, based on a novel by Walter Kirn, shows Justin trying hypnosis, Ritalin, drugs and sex as thumb substitutes but finally thumbing his nose at all of'em. Swinton is excellent as the boy's bemused but loving mom, and Reeves gets laughs as a preachy New Age orthodontist. (R)

COMEDY-DRAMA

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