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

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Comedy | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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1 December 2006 (UK)  »

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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

Filmed over a period of 32 days, this went straight to DVD in the United States. 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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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 »

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

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Engel
Written by Rammstein
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Fantastic Movie
11 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is a great action, thriller, suspense comedy. Definitely not your usual David Schwimmer movie, it's much better than that. It would seem he took this role to demonstrate his full range as an actor, and he succeeds in breaking out of his "Friends" typecast quite well. I can't believe it didn't make it to theaters. Definitely rent the DVD. The score was also pretty good. If you have seen director Jean-Baptiste Andrea's other film, DEAD END, you'll find this one much improved over his first effort. The writing is much improved, and the production clearly benefited from a bigger budget. There is a lot of stuff going on between these characters, and the dynamics between them change all the time, so the movie never gets predictable. Great stuff all around.


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