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Art School Confidential (2006)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 12 May 2006 (USA)
Starting from childhood attempts at illustration, the protagonist pursues his true obsession to art school. But as he learns how the art world really works, he finds that he must adapt his vision to the reality that confronts him.

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Jerome, a kid from the suburbs who loves to draw, goes to New York City's Strathmore College for his freshman year as a drawing major. Competition and petty jealousy consume faculty and students, with an end-of-first-semester best-student award held out as a grand plum. Worse, a strangler is on the loose, killing people on or next to campus. The idealistic Jerome falls in love with Audrey, a student who models for life-drawing classes and who responds to his sweetness. But he has a rival: the clean-cut, manly Jonah, also a first-year drawing student, whose primitive work draws raves and Audrey's attention. As cynicism seems to corrode everything, Jerome is desperate to win. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Who said anything about talent?

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language including sexual references, nudity and a scene of violence | See all certifications »

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Also Known As:

Akademia tajemniczych sztuk pieknych  »

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Opening Weekend:

$135,733 (USA) (7 May 2006)

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$3,296,916 (USA) (13 August 2006)
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This was Richard Bakalyan's last theatrical movie. See more »

Goofs

When Jerome is the bartender at the party, he twists the top off of the beer and gives it to Jonah. Hoegaarden does not come in twist off bottles. See more »

Quotes

Bardo: The only trouble with that is: all those beatnik chicks are totally insane. Look. What you really want is a nice, innocent, suburban girl. Some freshman chick who hasn't been corrupted yet.
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Referenced in The Comix Scrutinizer: Psycho Comics #1 (2015) See more »

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Hungarian Dance No. 5
by Johannes Brahms
Performed by Wiener Symphoniker (as Vienna Symphony Orchestra), Yuri Ahronovitch
Courtesy of Delta Entertainment Corporation
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Coming of age gone wrong.
21 May 2006 | by (Boulder, Colorado) – See all my reviews

For the first 30 minutes, 'Art School Confidential' sets itself up as a coming of age movie. But instead of at that pivotal moment when one comes of age, Jerome the aspiring artist turns to the dark side and begins to show someone with genuine ambition and a worthy character descend into a turbulent test of artistic innovation. Whatever the hell that means. 'Art School' not only depicts the individual growth of Jerome, but also analyzes the definition of art, and in some respects, defines it quite well. Why does shitty art get so much acclaim? Why does quality art often go unnoticed? Why are artists such pretentious ass holes? The whole movie answers all these questions hilariously and beautifully.


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