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Big Nothing (2006)

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


, (as Billy Asher)





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


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 ????

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A comedy that gets away with murder. 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 (United Kingdom), 3 December 2006, Limited Release
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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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

At the closing titles, just as the words "No animals and no actors were harmed during the making of this film" are displayed, the credits quickly cut to an outtake in which Simon Pegg accidentally punches Billy Asher in the face. The crew rush in to make sure that Asher is not hurt. When the credits return, the words are changed to "No animals were harmed during the making of this film". See more »


Featured in Friday Night with Jonathan Ross: Episode #11.11 (2006) See more »


Stabat Mater
Composed by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (as Giovanni Pergolesi)
Performed by Emma Kirkby, James Bowman and The Academy of Ancient Music
Conducted by Christopher Hogwood
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User Reviews

Didn't want it to end!!!!!
31 October 2006 | by 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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