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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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Details

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

After completing Dead End (2003), Jean-Baptiste Andrea spent three futile years trying to get various other film projects off the ground. Big Nothing (2006) was born out of his frustration from this period. 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.
[pause]
Charlie: I think I made a big mistake...
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Crazy Credits

Outtakes are intercut with the closing credits See more »

Connections

References Bonnie and Clyde (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Bound for the Floor
Written by Scott Lucas
Performed by Local H
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Didn't want it to end!!!!!
31 October 2006 | by bbcfacSee all my reviews

Just saw Big Nothing at a press screening and absolutely loved it. It's hilariously dark and funny. I'd rather not reveal anything of the plot but let's just say there are plenty of laugh out loud moments, yet sometimes, the film is surprisingly tense, keeping you on the edge of your seat. I love Simon Pegg, and though I was skeptical of pairing him with Schwimmer, I have to say the two work brilliantly together. Schwimmer couldn't be further from his Friends character, and Pegg is, well, Pegg! Judging from the reaction of the audience around me, this should be a hit. Can't wait to go back and see it again. Only criticism, I would've loved 15 more minutes, but at the same time, I did enjoy the crazy pace of the movie. Oh, and the soundtrack rocks!


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