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Big Nothing (2006)

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

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Directors: Crispian Mills, Chris Hopewell
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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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A comedy that gets away with murder. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Thriller

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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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$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£83,829 (UK) (1 December 2006)
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Although this is set in a small Oregon town, it was actually filmed on the Isle of Man and Wales, with some exterior scenes shot in British Columbia, Canada, including the first scenes with David Schwimmer, which were shot in Squamish. See more »

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After the accident with the fat guy, it starts to rain but neither Gus or the fat guy has rain on their clothing or hair. 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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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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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.


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