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Big Nothing (2006)

David Schwimmer , Simon Pegg , Jean-Baptiste Andrea  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Schwimmer, Simon Pegg, Alice Eve, Jon Polito
  • Directors: Jean-Baptiste Andrea
  • Writers: Jean-Baptiste Andrea, Billy Asher
  • Producers: Andras Hamori, Gabriella Stollenwerck
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Millennium
  • DVD Release Date: June 19, 2007
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NVIGL6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,181 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Charlie is an ex-teacher turned reluctant call-center employee who gets fired on the first day. Distraught and unable to provide for his family, he partners up with Gus, an aspiring scam artist, on a seemingly snag-free plan to make some cash: blackmail Reverend Smalls, a man of the cloth, who has frequently turned up in a database of visitors to illegal adult websites. With the help of Gus' ex, a one-time pageant queen, the plan moves ahead... but it all goes wrong as Reverend Smalls dies, thanks to this trio. And that's just the beginning of their troubles...

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The worst laid plans January 19, 2008
This is one of the more enjoyable "bumbling amateur criminals" movies that I've seen.

It's a UK/Canadian production but it's set in the U.S. and it stars David Schwimmer in my favorite movie role of his to date. His lugubrious manner is perfectly complimented by bouncy, James-Cagney-like Simon Pegg, a British comedian donning a perfect American accent. Their screen chemistry is wonderful.

Joining them is another Brit with another perfect American accent plus tremendous sex appeal, Alice Eve, playing a third kooky wheel in this unlikely team of extortionists. I gotta say: the acting by everyone (Brit, American, and Canadian) is top-notch.

The script by Frenchman Jean-Baptiste Andrea and American Billy Asher tries to avoid cliches -- or at least improve on them -- and Andrea's direction gives the film a slightly surreal touch altho the film retains a down-to-earth quality.

That surreal touch plus its dark quality may limit this film's appeal, but those who like terrific acting and fast-paced fun may revel in that appeal.

(To people who have already seen the film: there's a difference of opinion here and at the Amazon UK site about Simon Pegg's accent. I think that those who are familiar with Simon Pegg will be influenced by that familiarity and find his accent strange -- while those of us who aren't familiar with him will find his accent perfect, albeit energetic, Midwestern. Can you click on the "comments" link below my review and reveal (1) if you were familiar with Pegg before this movie and (2) how succcessful you thought his accent was? Thanks.)
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gothic comedy!!! April 30, 2007
I loved this film. The first "gothic comedy", I would say! It's very funny, yet surprisingly dark. So you'll go from laughing your head off to jumping in your seat thinking "WTF"? A very original movie based on a classic premise. Pegg rocks, as usual, I'm a huge Spaced fan and wasn't disappointed! Definitely a geeky yet intelligent movie, worth watching a few times. Laughs and shocks guaranteed in equal measure. Awesome soundtrack too, are they going to release it?
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A whole bunch of dark fun March 24, 2008
Just a joy for me to watch! I haven't ever been let down yet by Simon Pegg (the guy from Shawn of the Dead) and his wit plays off of Schwimmer's drollitivity(?) perfectly. The chick is dynamite and she mentally kicks the crap out of the two men who are smart enough to acknowledge it with just the right amount of self deprecation. The plot constantly twists and turns and the comedy is all black. That's key for me. Give me laughs couched in morally questionable (or directly sinful) situations and I'm happy as a clam.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it, a classic August 14, 2009
Big Nothing is actually a pleasant surprise to me personally.

I thought it was going to be a really average movie considering who was starring in it. Turns out, not only is the movie interesting, I might even go out on a limb and say it's a classic in some kind of weird way!

The MANY plot twists, the comedy and drama segments combined *perfectly* to keep your attention, and just *every single line* that's delivered by the characters... wow what a film! I'm seriously quite shocked just how good it was. I never would have expected a quality film of this level.

Anyway, the story is about two guys and a woman who come up with this complex plan to take someones money over a pay phone... but many MANY things go wrong along the way, including some murders and trying to cover their tracks and explain themselves to the police, and it's just incredible how exciting the storyline is. I'm by no means a fan of that guy from the hit TV show Friends, but something about his performance here... he totally nails it.

This is the kind of movie I'd like to watch again to catch all the little jokes I may have missed, along with trying to figure out exactly what was going on the entire time (because let's be honest, with so many things happening at once, it's real easy for your mind to get a little bit confused at times!)

And WOW is Alice Eve a hot actress! Watching her in this movie in that "bad girl" role, she was incredibly attractive to me, and fit the part perfectly. Great movie.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT! December 31, 2007
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This movie is by far on of my favorite movies! I recomend this movie to anyone! buy this movie!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What to do in a bad economy? February 7, 2014
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A Breaking Bad theme. Good guy steals bread to feed family. Best scene is getting rid of the body in a sewer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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A COMPLETE SURPRISE! This movie is so unpredictable that you will be on the edge of your seat waiting to see what could possibly happen next! I LOVE to be surprised like this. The writing is clever, inventive and sharp. I didn't expect much from this movie and was happily wrong.

David Schwimmer plays Charlie, an ex-teacher who wrote a book and while waiting to hear from a publisher (any publisher), gets a job at a call center where he is fired the first day! But not before meeting Gus (Simon Pegg who shows his acting chops), who has a plan to blackmail the town's Reverend. While they are discussing it at the pub, their plan is overheard by Josie (Alice Eve), a former beauty queen, who wants in on the deal. So begins a comedy of SO MANY jaw-dropping errors that an hour and a half flies by.

I highly recommend this movie (I do not easily give 5 stars).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
perfect item.
Published 2 days ago by leonard diaz
3.0 out of 5 stars not the best of Simon Pegg
this is a quirky movie, not one of the best that showcases Simon Pegg's wonderful humor but I'm glad I saw it
Published 2 months ago by Deborah A. Dwyer
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Most Underrated Movies
Fantastic movie!
It is what it's a DVD.
There isn't much extras in it, but, hey, it costs 7 bucks so I can't complain about that.
Published 7 months ago by E. Huang
3.0 out of 5 stars Intersting, but not overly captivating
Solid, but predictable story. Thought David Schwimmer and Simon Pegg were solid in their roles. Thought Alice Eve's performance was probably the best of the entire movie.
Published 10 months ago by David Eberle
3.0 out of 5 stars simon pegg fan
Am a fan of Simon Pegg. Bought movie to add to my collection...not really that funny, but it was different. I enjoy outtakes wish there had been more.
Published 11 months ago by Nelda Blanco
1.0 out of 5 stars not great
I am a big Simon Penn fan but despite that I didn't even laugh watching this movie. It was Pretty sad
Published 12 months ago by EverythingEnthusiast
5.0 out of 5 stars Knew Nothing About This But it Was a Big Bit of Fun to Watch!
Pretty much every movie that has former Friends star David Schwimmer acting in a lead role has gone straight to DVD as a result of the poor quality of films that the type casted... Read more
Published 13 months ago by James N Simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
Bought this for my boyfriend as he is a huge Simon Peg fan. He couldnt be happier to add this to his collection
Published 13 months ago by Laurie Lee
4.0 out of 5 stars Good condition...
The movie arrived in great condition. The actual movie it's self though isn't as good as I thought it woulf be.
Published 19 months ago by Ame
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
I wasn't sure what to expect from this movie - it was worth the two hours of my time. Lots of funny twists (although somewhat expected) that kept the movie entertaining.
Published 23 months ago by 4kings1
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