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Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas (2006)

When his journal of bright ideas is stolen, college freshman Bickford Schmeckler (Fugit) has to blanket the campus in order to locate it.




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Credited cast:
Professor Adams
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cosmo Girl
Confused Student
Nick Corirossi ...
Roman Partier
Campus Cop (as Ben Garant)
College girl
Nicole Garza ...


When his journal of bright ideas is stolen, college freshman Bickford Schmeckler (Fugit) has to blanket the campus in order to locate it.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


First she stole his theories. Then his heart.


Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

22 May 2008 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

Cool Ideas  »


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)
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(European Film Market)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Scott Lew: the guy in the automated wheelchair that beeps at Bickford as he is standing outside the College Services building. See more »


As the camera pans along Trent's car as he reads The Book, a man with glasses appears in the reflection of the car. See more »


[first lines]
Title Card: Nothing can ever be truly, fully understood. Not even the simplest thing. Not even this. - Bicford Shmeckler
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References Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996) See more »


You cant hurry love
Performed by The Concretes
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One crazy diary
3 August 2010 | by See all my reviews

The main character is played by Patrick Fugit and he does a decent job. He is a nerd that makes little things or comes up with cool ideas. He writes a book about changing the world, but cannot find the ending. His book is taken and turned into something big that makes everyone around him think including a girl he likes. The story was pretty interesting and I did enjoy it front start to find. But there were scenes thrown in that left the film boring at points. There is an OK cast for the film and I will say that Matthew Lillard was very horrible in the film. His character was very strange he could just not play him right. This is a light teen movie comedy, but at least it has a better story line than most teen comedies you see. Most rely on horrible scenes or nudity. This movie was about teen life, but actually had an interesting story to go along with it. Not a bad film.

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