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Art School Confidential (2006)

Max Minghella , Sophia Myles , Terry Zwigoff  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Max Minghella, Sophia Myles, John Malkovich, Jim Broadbent, Matt Keeslar
  • Directors: Terry Zwigoff
  • Writers: Daniel Clowes
  • Producers: John Malkovich, Barbara A. Hall, Daniel Clowes, Lianne Halfon, Russell Smith
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 10, 2006
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H6SXSI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,672 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Art School Confidential" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "The Making of Art School Confidential" featurette
  • Sundance featurette
  • Deleted scenes
  • Blooper reel

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ART SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL follows talented young artist Jerome Platz (Max Minghella) as he escapes from high school to a tiny East Coast art school. Here the boyish freshman's ambition is to become the world's greatest artist, like his hero Picasso. Unfortunately, the beauty and craft of Jerome's portraiture are not appreciated in an anything-goes art class. Neither his harsh judgments of his classmates' efforts nor his later attempts to create pseudo-art of his own win him any admirers. But Jerome does attract the attentions of his dream girl, the stunning and sophisticated Audrey (Sophia Myles), an artist's model and daughter of a celebrated artist. Rejecting the affectations of the local art scene, Audrey is drawn to Jerome's sincerity. When Audrey shifts her attention to Jonah (Matt Keeslar), a hunky painter who becomes the school's latest art star, Jerome is heartbroken. Desperate, he concocts a risky plan to make a name for himself and win her back.

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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Yesterday I went to my local art theater to watch an art film about a future artist attending art school. Whew! I'm glad I got that out!

But lets chat about this art film, shall we? Here we go...

It's got a lot going for it. First and foremost is an impressive script. Obviously the screenwriter, director, producer (or all three) attended art school at some point. And making fun of the people and faculty at such a place is where the comedy in Art School Confidential takes wing. When Jerome (Max Minghella), the main character, begins attending his freshman year at Strathmore Art School, he's quickly introduced to the cliche-riddled cast (the cliche is purposeful and pulled off just as well as the movie GALAXY QUEST). He meets the burned-out art teacher Professor Sandiford (John Malkovich), the beautiful model that every male wants named Audrey (Sophia Myles), the angry lesbian, the teacher's pet/kiss-a$$, the drug addled film student, and a splash of others. There's also a strangler on the loose in the neighborhood which will play a vital role in how Jerome's artistic dreams play out.

The ridiculousness of art school is what really makes this movie work. Jerome is obviously very talented, but other artists whiz by him because art is what the artists say art is. It might be a picture of a car, or a man attaching jumper cables to his nipples and letting current run through him, or a mound of plastic chairs.

Jerome wants to be the next Picasso. He studies hard, tries to get noticed, but nothing seems to work. He's also a virgin and wants desperately to get laid but with the wacked out student body at Strathmore, he's got his work cut out for him.
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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Snarky Little Film with Contempt for Pretension May 13, 2006
Jerome, the ackward, teenaged charecter, spends the first few minutes of the film getting the crap beaten out of him by various bullies. He also can't get laid because, as he puts it, he has high standards. But he has a bigger problem. He wants to be an artist, indeed the greatest artist of the 21st Century. A fine ambition to be sure, but Jerome seems to be more in love with the idea of being an artist than creating art. And that's kind of a paradox, because he's the only person depicted in the film who creates pieces that are worth looking at. His style is somewhat akin to the doomed Jack Dawson from that slightly bigger film, Titanic, rather than that of his idol, Picasso.

Jerome goes to a pretigious, northe eastern art school in hopes of picking up a few grains of wisdom that will help him to fullfill his ambition. The problem is that most of his fellow students and many of his teachers are either pretenders or insane or both. Then he runs into the age old problem of it's not what you know but who you know. Through in a beautiful artists model (the only female worth getting intiment with), a serial killer, and a fiendish plan to become the greatest artist of the 21st Century (or at least the current fashion of this season), and you got a delightfully, snarky little movie that makes the viewer laugh at everything and everyone in it with a mixture of contempt and astonishment.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Comedy...Malkovich is Great. October 12, 2006
"Art School Confidential" is directed by Terry Zwigoff, director of "Bad Santa" and is a massively underrated comedy. The movie stars Max Minghella (son of "Cold Mountain" writer/director Anthony Minghella),

Sophia Myles (who's really hot), John Malkovich (one of the best actors alive), Jim Broadbent ("Gangs of New York"), Ethan Suplee ("My Name is Earl"), Nick Swardson ("Grandma's Boy"), Joel David Moore (also "Grandma's Boy"), Steve Buscemi ("Fargo"), and Anjelica Huston ("Daddy Day Care"). Minghella plays Jerome Platz, an aspiring artist who begins attending Strathmore Academy. He arrives at a strange time, since a serial killer is terrorizing the grounds (which has, I admit, become cliche). In one class, Professor Sandiford (Malkovich, terrific as always) informs the students that only 1 out of 100 of them will ever make a living as an artist. Jerome is looking to be that one; In fact, he's aiming really high. He wants to be the greatest artist of the 21st century. Then Jerome meets an art model named Audrey (Myles) and spends the rest of the movie trying to win her over. Problem is, a guy named Jonah (Matt Keeslar) seems to be in the running for her affections as well...Although, Jonah isn't quite who he seems to be. This story isn't typical boy-meets-girl kind of material though. Jerome is kind of weird and is very obsessive of Audrey, so when she doesn't "fall into his arms" it's not really hard to see why. Swardson and Suplee co-star as Jerome's roommates. One of whom is making a movie about the strangler, the other whom may or not be gay. Huston plays an Art Teacher, Broadbent plays an alcoholic artist, and Buscemi plays the owner of a cafe where most artists get their start showing their work. The biggest problem I had with the film was the ending.
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Sly, acerbic and totally irreverent Art School Confidential has fun skewering the world of art colleges, offering up a delectable mix of characters. The film exudes a peppy confidence with director Terry Zwigoff's and Daniel Clowes - who wrote the script - obviously having a lot of fun satirizing this institution of higher learning.

The film however, especially during the last half, tends to lose its way a bit with multiple subplots, involving a campus murderer and it becomes a mishmash that isn't particularly hard to follow, but doesn't really pack the caustic punch of the first act.

The shy, sensitive and totally virginal Jerome Platz (Max Minghella) is totally stoked to have a place at the Strathmore Art Academy. A Picasso aspirant from the New Jersey suburbs, Jerome enthusiastically enrolls in the school only to have his obvious talent - he's the only one in the class producing anything recognizable as art - not just disregarded, but mocked.

Jerome's cynical and preoccupied Professor Sandiford (John Malkovich) who supervises him in the life-drawing class is more concerned with promoting the work of class hunk and obvious art dunce Jonah (Matt Keeslar), who also impresses the students and faculty with his flashy but rather unsophisticated paintings.

But Jerome also has a romantic cross to bear. He has a desperate crush on life model Audrey (Sophia Myles), yet he feels as though he just doesn't meet her standards, especially when she starts courting Jonah. As you might expect, Jerome ends up completely cynical about romance, relationships and the art scene, and his place in it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Art With A Razor's Edge
A quirky, enjoyable film. Starting with the oddness of a small art college and its attendant weirdness; the film descends into a murder mystery/comedy with a nice little romance... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Captain Iguana
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and perhaps a little odd
Director Terry Zwigoff is the man behind bringing (inflicting? ; ) "crumb"...the documentary about artist r crumb and his family to life.

If you've seen it... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jephyr
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie!
I bought the DVD b/c I couldn't watch it enough. Enjoyable performances, great job. John Malcovich is hysterical! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon User
5.0 out of 5 stars You're Accepted Until You Can't Accept Others
I don't know how I would pitch this movie to someone who never attended art school. Try to image the typical college stereotypes only with more emphasis on individuality. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jim Van Cise
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie.
Great movie with an oriiginal premise. And Malkovitch is outstanding in his role. The love story aspect is intriguing also.
Published 7 months ago by adam bowman
5.0 out of 5 stars Art School Confidential
Art School Confidential: Funny movie I bought for my college aged daughter who had several friends who were Art majors at that time.
Published 7 months ago by Al Gore
4.0 out of 5 stars If you've been in art/video critiques in college - this movie will hit...
A little off-beat and crude at times, but that's how I like my movies.

The acting is top-notch and the dark humor and art student antics makes this film a repeat... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Connor
5.0 out of 5 stars Great unknown film
If for no other reason Sophia Myles' nude scene makes the price of the film worthwhile LOL. It is such a great statement about "Artspeak" and the nonsense passing for Art... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Stan J. Dymek
4.0 out of 5 stars A Documentary, Really...
Recommended to me by someone now in art school, and having observed art students for years, I could swear that the writer and director must have actually followed these types... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Anne Taylor Yoo
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh
Mediocre movie, but I watched it bc I was in art school at the time and I needed a bit of levity.

Not particularly insightful, but very, very campy.
Published 14 months ago by Analein
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