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Big Nothing (2006)

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A frustrated, unemployed professor joins forces with a scammer and a friend of his in a blackmailing scheme.

Writers:

Jean-Baptiste Andrea, William Rosenfeld (as Billy Asher)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Schwimmer ... Charlie
Simon Pegg ... Gus
Alice Eve ... Josie
Natascha McElhone ... Penelope Wood
Jon Polito ... Agent Hymes
Mimi Rogers ... Mrs. Smalls
William Rosenfeld William Rosenfeld ... Deputy Garman (as Billy Asher)
Julian Glover ... 80 Year Old Blind Man
Olivia Peterson Olivia Peterson ... Emily
Sarah Edmondson ... Isabella
Amber Sealey ... Call Center Supervisor
Shauna Shim Shauna Shim ... Melanie #1
Laurence Bouvard ... Melanie #2
Mindy Lee Raskin Mindy Lee Raskin ... Melanie #3
Kenneth Jay Kenneth Jay ... Barman
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Storyline

Charlie is an ex-professor 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 accepts when Gus, an aspiring scam artist who presents Charlie with a seemingly snag-free plan to make some cash. The plan is to 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 he'll make 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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Taglines:

A comedy that gets away with murder. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

Official site [UK]

Country:

UK | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Grande Coisa See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£83,829 (United Kingdom), 3 December 2006, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jean-Baptiste Andrea's intention was for the film to have an off-kilter feel to it. He achieved this by strapping cameras to the actors, and using split-screen techniques and animation. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Charlie: [Charlie is narrating] My name is Charlie Wood.
[pause]
Charlie: I think I made a big mistake...
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Basic animated characters are shown being drawn during the opening credits See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Blinking Lights (For Me)
Written by Mark Oliver Everett
Performed by Eels (as Eels)
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One of the best American indie films of the year, unfairly underrated
5 February 2010 | by dg-opSee all my reviews

An unemployed teacher (good performance by David Schwimmer) tries to find a way to earn money so he can support his family, but ends up in a messy crime with his two accidental "comrads" (master of comedy Simon Pegg and beautiful Alice Eve).

This is the plot for a brilliant black comedy made by French director Jean-Baptiste Andrea. And by brilliant, I mean exactly that.

Thought the plot may not seem that interesting, Andrea directs a great story, combining effectively resources form comedy, black humor, and even suspense. the result is a brilliant black comedy, perhaps the best of its year, unfortunately underrated.

This is a totally worth-watching film. But if you wanna see "Ross" or a simple comedy, you won't like it. This is an intelligent film. 8 out of 10.


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