Big Nothing (2006)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Thriller  |  1 December 2006 (UK)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 25,179 users  
Reviews: 82 user | 70 critic

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


, (as Billy Asher)
Watch Trailer
0Check in



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Five years after jilting his pregnant fiancée on their wedding day, out-of-shape Dennis decides to run a marathon to win her back.

Director: David Schwimmer
Stars: Simon Pegg, Thandie Newton, Hank Azaria
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A British writer struggles to fit in at a high-profile magazine in New York City.

Director: Robert B. Weide
Stars: Simon Pegg, Kirsten Dunst, Megan Fox
Comedy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A black comedy about two 19th century grave robbers who find a lucrative business providing cadavers for an Edinburgh medical school.

Director: John Landis
Stars: Bill Bailey, Tom Wilkinson, Michael Smiley
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A former pop star who now writes commercial jingles for a living experiences a mid-life crisis.

Director: Jake Paltrow
Stars: Martin Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Penélope Cruz
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A crime novelist whose research on Victorian serial killers has turned him into a paranoid wreck must confront his worst fears when a film executive takes a sudden interest in his movie script.

Directors: Crispian Mills, Chris Hopewell
Stars: Simon Pegg, Paul Freeman, Amara Karan
Action | Comedy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Professional hit-man Charlie Wolfe finds himself in three tales of murder, blackmail and revenge after a botched contract assignment.

Director: Kriv Stenders
Stars: Simon Pegg, Teresa Palmer, Alice Braga
Paul (2011)
Adventure | Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Two British comic-book geeks traveling across the U.S. encounter an alien outside Area 51.

Director: Greg Mottola
Stars: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The notorious fictional town of Royston Vasey is under threat and its inhabitants are forced to leave.

Director: Steve Bendelack
Stars: Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A psychiatrist searches the globe to find the secret of happiness.

Director: Peter Chelsom
Stars: Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Tracy Ann Oberman
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Set in 1985, working-class student Brian Jackson (McAvoy) navigates his first year at Bristol University.

Director: Tom Vaughan
Stars: James McAvoy, Alice Eve, Rebecca Hall
Duane Hopwood (2005)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A down-on-his-luck divorced father struggles to get his life and family back together before it's too late.

Director: Matt Mulhern
Stars: Daisy Ang, Bill Buell, Dick Cavett
Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Five friends who reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from twenty years earlier unwittingly become humanity's only hope for survival.

Director: Edgar Wright
Stars: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman


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 ????

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 »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:




Release Date:

1 December 2006 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Grande Coisa  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£83,829 (UK) (1 December 2006)


£83,829 (UK) (1 December 2006)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Had its world premiere at the Cardiff Film Festival in November 2006. 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...
See more »

Crazy Credits

Outtakes are intercut with the closing credits See more »


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


Money (That's What I Want)
Written by Janie Bradford and Berry Gordy
Performed by Barrett Strong
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Pegg/Schwimmer the new Pegg/Frost
5 May 2007 | by (canterbury, england) – See all my reviews

I just watched Big Trouble with absolutely no expectations, how could i, it had a very limited release in my area and almost no publicity alongside some terrible press reviews, i don't think it even has US release date yet and made no dent at the UK box office.

Along came the DVD and because Simon Pegg and David Schwimmer are in it i was compelled to give it a chance and to my surprise the critics judge to harshly again, this film is 82mins of pure fun, great chemistry between the two leads, an easy going quirky script and some nice dark touches with some great plot twist.

The film escapes its low budget by not looking like it was filmed in the isle of Man and North wales, believe me i looked for the cracks, they didn't show.

Watching the DVD extras its clear these guys had a great time making the movie and I'm pleased to see Pegg/Schwimmer have teamed up again for Run Fatboy Run, lets hope they work as well together again.

If you like a light hearted black comedy then you could do a lot worse than watch this little gem, ignore the reviews and take a look for yourself and if your in the US why not get hold of a copy on import, you won't be disappointed.

p.s Kudos goes to the lollipop.

52 of 71 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Similar Dark Comedies? oyvind_stromsvik
One of the worst movies of all time lolers-3
How could they have not noticed?? josiefynn
Sex Scenes??? kuteblonde0618
Anyone else notice..... silvergrin_is_real
stuffed animals jcaraway3
Discuss Big Nothing (2006) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: