by Scoobie Davis
I got back from Beverly Hills. I was at a screening of The Chumscrubber. I liked the description but when I saw the film, I really, really, really didn't like it. After the film was over, the first thing I asked my friend was, "What the fuck was that?" He asked me if I was joking because he loved the film. Maybe there was a point I was missing but I thought it was pretentious trash.
After the screening, there was a Q & A with the director, writer, and one of the actors. I asked if William Fichtner's character in the film, an ineffectual psychiatrist, was based on Alan Colmes because the character's resemblance to Colmes was uncanny. The director and writer said no.
UPDATE: One important thing about the film: before I asked the Colmes question I was going to ask the writer and director if the Church of Scientology has any part in the film's anti-psychiatric medication stance (there's a Scientology flier on the protagonist's bedroom wall from the Scientology front group Citizens Commission on Human Rights that reads "Psychiatry Kills"). The person right before me asked the question and the writer and director said that they weren't Scientologists and that the anti-psychiatry elements of the film had nothing to do with Scientology.