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Art School Confidential (2006)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 12 May 2006 (USA)
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Starting from childhood attempts at illustration, the protagonist pursues his true obsession to art school. But as he learns how the art world really works, he finds that he must adapt his vision to the reality that confronts him.

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Jerome, a kid from the suburbs who loves to draw, goes to New York City's Strathmore College for his freshman year as a drawing major. Competition and petty jealousy consume faculty and students, with an end-of-first-semester best-student award held out as a grand plum. Worse, a strangler is on the loose, killing people on or next to campus. The idealistic Jerome falls in love with Audrey, a student who models for life-drawing classes and who responds to his sweetness. But he has a rival: the clean-cut, manly Jonah, also a first-year drawing student, whose primitive work draws raves and Audrey's attention. As cynicism seems to corrode everything, Jerome is desperate to win. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Who said anything about talent?

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language including sexual references, nudity and a scene of violence | See all certifications »

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Also Known As:

Akademia tajemniczych sztuk pieknych  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$135,733, 7 May 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,296,916, 13 August 2006
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The film was released the same year as Doctor Who: The Girl in the Fireplace (2006), which Sophia Myles guest starred as Madame De Pompadour. See more »

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When Jerome's roommate, the fashion designer, is sewing on his machine, it wasn't threaded correctly. The spool was on the bobbin loader, not the spool pin where it should be. See more »

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Broadway Bob D'Annunzio: I know you're a genius, but I'm a genius too.
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An extra scene featuring the actors in Vince's film is shown after the credits. See more »

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Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »

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Hungarian Dance No. 5
by Johannes Brahms
Performed by Wiener Symphoniker (as Vienna Symphony Orchestra), Yuri Ahronovitch
Courtesy of Delta Entertainment Corporation
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very funny
17 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

I don't understand why this movie has attracted negative reviews. When I saw it the audience - including me - was laughing out loud. Sure, it isn't the cleverest film ever but it is unfailingly entertaining. The performances are great and the script is witty. The point is that Jerome can draw but is no great artist so from the beginning is never going to achieve his ambition to be Picasso. He is as much of a stereotype as everybody else. It is stated right from the start that everybody is a cliché - and ain't that the truth? We are all clichés. As Malkovich explains in the beginning art students are almost guaranteed disappointment. The audience isn't supposed to sympathise with Jerome - if you think you are then you have missed the point.


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