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Big Nothing (2006)

A frustrated, unemployed professor joins forces with a scammer and a friend of his in a blackmailing scheme.

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Melanie #1
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Charlie is an ex-professor 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 accepts when Gus, an aspiring scam artist who presents Charlie with a seemingly snag-free plan to make some cash. The plan is to 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 he'll make 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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Rated R for violence, language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

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£83,829 (UK) (3 December 2006)
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At one point in the movie, a Deputy asks Charlie (David Schwimmer) what his name is, and he says "Stephen Hawking". Alice Eve appeared in the BBC drama movie Hawking (2004). See more »

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There is a typo in the end credits. The copyright warning reads "distribution of exhibition" instead of "distribution or exhibition". See more »

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[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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Features Sprung! The Magic Roundabout (2005) See more »

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The Soldier
Written by Martin Craft
Performed by Martin Craft (as M. Craft)
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A gritty and hilarious black comedy.
29 April 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Big Nothing is a wonderfully black comedy with a tight twisted plot line, a very well chosen soundtrack and perfect acting. It's fast passed, interesting and very funny.

Simon Pegg is just amazing as con man Gus and even David Schwimmer is surprisingly wonderful as the misguided Charlie. The supporting cast is also brilliant, especially the surprise of Mimi Rogers as Mrs. Smalls.

Although this films plot isn't completely original and you can tell where the writer got a lot of his ideas from; the acting, direction and cinematography really make it something special and worth watching.

It's strange seeing the very talented British comedian Simon Pegg in the role of a burly American con man, but he really does pull it off and if you had any doubts about him as a character actor before this film should set that straight. He is just wonderful.

Although I enjoyed Schwimmers acting in this, I thought his character could've been a little more developed as someone who was a little more desperate for money. His relationship with his wife could've been explored a little more too.

Big nothing has everything a good black comedy should have and more.


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