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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Deputy Garman (as Billy Asher)
80 Year Old Blind Man
Olivia Peterson ...
Call Center Supervisor
Melanie #1
Laurence Bouvard ...
Melanie #2
Mindy Lee Raskin ...
Melanie #3


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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They wrote the book on how not to be criminals. See more »


Comedy | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

1 December 2006 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Grande Coisa  »

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Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£83,829 (UK) (1 December 2006)


£83,829 (UK) (1 December 2006)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Co-stars Simon Pegg and Alice Eve would later work together again in the sequel film Star Trek Into Darkness (2013). See more »


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 »


[first lines]
Charlie: [Charlie is narrating] My name is Charlie Wood.
Charlie: I think I made a big mistake...
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Crazy Credits

Basic animated characters are shown being drawn during the opening credits See more »


References Sesame Street (1969) See more »


Blinking Lights (For Me)
Written by Mark Everett (as Mark Oliver Everett)
Performed by The Eels (as Eels)
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Very amusing crime caper
4 December 2006 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This certainly isn't a critics movie. OK, so Big Nothing isn't the most original film in the world. Blackmail attempt goes horribly wrong, etc. etc. I can also see how some people have problems with seeing Simon Pegg as an American.

HOWEVER, in it's defence, 'Big Nothing' is a lot of fun, is snappy, stylish, well paced and all in all a very enjoyable piece of film making. I found it really funny (I loved Mimi Rogers' quip about Pink Floyd), and the film got a good reaction from the rest of audience too. If you're after a good old slice of entertainment then Big Nothing is worth seeing. Definitely a 'Friday night' with popcorn type of viewing.

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