The Hollywood Reporter (US), July 31, 2003

Bratt Gives Thumbs Up to Bull's Eye Movie

by Borys Kit

Benjamin Bratt has joined the cast of Bull's Eye Entertainment's "Thumbsucker." The movie is in production in Beaverton, Ore., and is being financed by Bob Yari Prods.

"Thumbsucker" is an original comedic coming-of-age story about a confused teen named Justin Cobb, who is growing up in an extremely dysfunctional family. In trying to conquer his thumb-sucking habit, he is forced to turn to the only semi-sane people in his life -- a New Age orthodontist and a high school debate coach.

The cast includes Lou Taylor Pucci as the thumb sucker, Tilda Swinton and Vincent D'Onofrio as the parents, Keanu Reeves as the orthodontist and Vince Vaughn as the debate coach.

Bratt plays Matt Schraam, a television star with whom Justin thinks his mother is falling in love.

The movie was adapted by Mike Mills from the Walter Kirn novel. Mills is making his directorial debut on the film.

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