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Big Nothing (2006)

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A frustrated, unemployed teacher joining forces with a scammer and his girlfriend in a blackmailing scheme.

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Storyline

Charlie is an ex-teacher turned reluctant call center employee who gets fired on the first day. Distraught at being unable to provide for his daughter Emily and wife, Penelope, he is suddenly contacted by Gus, an aspiring scam artist who presents Charlie with a seemingly snag-free plan to make some cash: Blackmail Reverend Smalls, a man of the cloth, who's frequently turned up in the company database of visitors to illegal porn sites. Gus plans to extort Reverend Smalls, with the intention of publicly exposing his secret shame should he refuse, thus potentially destroying the man's career. Normally cautious, Charlie is keen on participating in this scam, confident that the money maker he'll garner from the scam will finally help turn things around for him and his family. Joined by one-time teenage pageant queen Josie McBroom, Gus's ex, the plan goes ahead...but it all goes wrong as Reverend Smalls dies...thanks to this trio, with this only being the start of their troubles. Written by ????

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A comedy that gets away with murder. See more »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Grande Coisa  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£83,829 (UK) (1 December 2006)

Gross:

£83,829 (UK) (1 December 2006)
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Trivia

Frenchman Jean-Baptiste Andrea wrote the original screenplay and then Billy Asher Rosenfeld came on board to render it into more English-speaking terminology. See more »

Goofs

When Charlie goes to his new job for "Sentel Call Center" with his car, he drops his keys and food package. His keys sink into a puddle, but the pocket does not. However, on the screen we see that Charlie picks up both of them from the puddle, totally wet. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Charlie: [Charlie is narrating] My name is Charlie Wood.
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Charlie: I think I made a big mistake...
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Outtakes are intercut with the closing credits See more »

Connections

References Columbo (1971) See more »

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But I Did Not
Written by Howe Gelb
Performed by Howe Gelb
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Didn't want it to end!!!!!
31 October 2006 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Just saw Big Nothing at a press screening and absolutely loved it. It's hilariously dark and funny. I'd rather not reveal anything of the plot but let's just say there are plenty of laugh out loud moments, yet sometimes, the film is surprisingly tense, keeping you on the edge of your seat. I love Simon Pegg, and though I was skeptical of pairing him with Schwimmer, I have to say the two work brilliantly together. Schwimmer couldn't be further from his Friends character, and Pegg is, well, Pegg! Judging from the reaction of the audience around me, this should be a hit. Can't wait to go back and see it again. Only criticism, I would've loved 15 more minutes, but at the same time, I did enjoy the crazy pace of the movie. Oh, and the soundtrack rocks!


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