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The Big Empty (2003)

A budding actor is faced with a stalled career and a mountain of debt.

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Cast

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John Person
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Grace
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Neely
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Elron
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Stella
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Randy
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Indian Bob
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Ruthie
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Dan
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Candy
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Alejandra Aguilan ...
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Storyline

Would be-Hollywood actor John Person always considered his bizarre neighbor Neely a conspiracy theory nut-case. Still he accepts a simple task to wipe out his over $27,000 debt: delivering a blue suitcase to some Cowboy at Baker, in the empty desert. The place proves a nest of weirdos, including extremely jealous Randy and his girl Ruthie, who seduces John. He learns Neely was murdered, and FBI agent Banks grills him as prime suspect. Yet the weirdest is still to come once Cowboy turns up. Written by KGF Vissers

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The middle of nowhere is a funny place to find yourself See more »


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Rated R for language and some sexual dialogue | See all certifications »

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28 August 2009 (Belgium)  »

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El gran destino  »

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1.78 : 1
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Goofs

At the diner on John's second morning in Baker, when Dan sits down next to him, Dan's napkin has the expected silverware on top of it. In the next wide shot, the silverware has been replaced with a black marker and the napkin has some doodles on it. Dan has been staring at John with his arms folded the whole time. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Grace: [answers the door in her robe]
John Person: Hi. Oh, Grace, I'm sorry. I thought I heard you moving around in there. Um, listen, I can't decide.
Grace: Did you hear - about the callback?
John Person: No, not yet. I've got some new head shots.
Grace: What happened to your furniture?
John Person: I had to sell it all.
Grace: Even Your bed?
John Person: Yeah. I'm not gonna need it.
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Referenced in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) See more »

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SILVER PIECES
Written by Jon Gries & Jed Ojeda
Performed by Carnival Dogs
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Help, I'm confused
16 July 2004 | by (Atlanta, GA) – See all my reviews

I'm not entirely sure what this film was about. The ending is so ambiguous, that I can't tell whether I liked it or not.

I was digging the film for the first 3/4 of the movie, but somewhere in the third act, it became extremely confusing and all the good will that had built up in the wonderful character performances (Favreau, Cook, Grammer, etc) gets lost in the weird hokey-pokey that occurs. I stop caring for these interesting characters because their story is superceded by some new-age stuff that I couldn't even comprehend.

Also, there are elements of the storyline that either take too long to resolve (who's the cowboy? what's in the bag?) or just are never resolved at all (some of the characters are built up, but then just sort of disappear).

Overall, I enjoyed this film, but the ending was a mess. Maybe I'm just not understanding it, but I think they intentionally made it ambiguous. In which case, I'd say that's its biggest flaw.


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