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The Next Big Thing (2001)

A painter who finds success (and true love) after a pickpocket steals one of his works, gives it a false authorship and promotes the imaginary artist to instant success so he can cash in on his ill-gotten gains.

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Gus Bishop
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Deech Scumble
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Kate Crowley
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Florence Rubin
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Walter Sznitken
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Arthur Pomposello
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Shari Lampkin
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Roger
Dechen Thurman ...
Damian Spire
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Mr. Chesick
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Trish Kane
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Museum Director (as Ed Hyland)
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Bernice Chesick
Samia Shoaib ...
Varda Abromowitz
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Mr. Willard
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Starving artist Gus Bishop can't even give away his paintings. But a fictitious Geoffrey Buonardi, with the same paintings and an inventive back story, can become the darling of the art world. How long can Gus Bishop perpetrate the scam and remain in the shadows while his legendary alter ego basks in the spotlight as The Next Big Thing? Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for language and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »
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8 November 2001 (USA)  »

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A Arte do Engano  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Bidibodi Bidibu
Written by A. Franchi and D. Torrente
Performed by Bubbles
Published by Big Tiger Music, Inc. (BMI)
Courtesy of Lovecat Music/Dieffe Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Quirky, subtle and fun.
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Intelligently crafted with wry humor throughout. Almost like a New Yorker cartoon in its portrayal of upper class follies. Anyone who has seen Basquiat, which is NOT a fanciful rendition of actual events, will recognize that The Next Big Thing basically keeps it real. It is not a crass lampoon of the art world, as other reviews allege, but a finely detailed imagining of how one accident might lead to another to produce a breakout artist. It plays out as a visualization of a funny story one might hear in conversation, with unlikely twists and turns - the sort of facts that make a true story actually funny. Surely the lives of actual artists who've broken into the big time involve a twist and turn here and there, a crazy accident that seems funny in retrospect (but which would have seemed agonizing to live out in real life). Anyone wondering if this movie is worth watching deserves to hear resoundingly that it really is worthwhile. It deserves a higher IMDb rating, and only suffers a sub 6 rating because it is so intelligently made that average viewers don't appreciate its fine subtleties.


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