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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.



(screenplay), (comic story) (as Dan Clowes)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marvin Bushmiller
Jack Ong ...
Professor Okamura
Monika Ramnath ...
Isaac Laskin ...


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Who said anything about talent?


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

12 May 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Akademia tajemniczych sztuk pieknych  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$135,733 (USA) (5 May 2006)


$3,296,916 (USA) (11 August 2006)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The college's name, "Strathmore", is actually a company that manufactures things like sketch pads and tracing paper for artists. Most of the students throughout the movie use products from this brand. See more »


When Jerome visits Professor Sandiford, Sandiford is smoking a cigarette that disappears and reappears between shots. See more »


Professor Sandiford: Now, everyone don't be so hard on Jerome. He is attempting to achieve the impossible. He is trying to sing in his own voice using someone else's vocal cords.
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Crazy Credits

An extra scene featuring the actors in Vince's film is shown after the credits. See more »


Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »


Ray's Idea
Written by Ray Brown (as Raymond M. Brown), Walter Fuller (as Walter Gil Fuller)
Published by Music Sales Corp. (ASCAP)
Performed by Monty Alexander
Courtesy of Concord Music Group, Inc.
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Great cast, but not quite a good movie
27 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We saw this dark comedy at Sundance (SLC showing). I wanted very much to give this a totally positive review, but it's just so disjointed that it was hard to decide what it was trying to say. The cast is terrific: John Malkovic, Anjelica Huston, Jim Broadbent, Sophie Myles, among others. There are a lot of things that are funny in this film, and we did laugh. But the storyline is all over the place. I read an interview with the director (who didn't come for Q & A after this one), and he said the storyline has a lot to do with his fear of New York, along with his fascination for it. The NYC shown in this film is very scary; I don't think I'd ever even want to visit it, much less want to live there! The film skewers a lot of snooty art types, and in that arena, it works. However, the second half of the movie just didn't quite work for me. The firsthalf of the film was amusing, but when it turned extremely dark in the final act, it just didn't feel right. It's too bad, because I think it's great fun to skewer the snooty art world...but this was just too far over the top.

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