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The Next Big Thing (2002)


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P.J. Posner directs the romantic comedy The Next Big Thing. Struggling painter Gus Bishop (Chris Eigeman) gets involved in a scam to make it into the cutthroat New York art world. Con man Deech Scumble (Jamie Harris) dreams up the identity of Geoff Buonardi (inspired by the name of Chef Boyardee), an outsider war veteran artist. The fictitious Buonardi becomes Gus' alter ego personality, and soon his paintings become an overnight success. This scam leads Gus toward a romance with art critic Kate


Comedy, Romance


P.J. Posner, P J Posner, Joel Posner

Oct 29, 2002

Castle Hill Productions

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A feeble and tedious satire on the New York art scene.

June 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Squandering a potentially juicy subject for ridicule, the film simply doesn't have the wit necessary to do it justice, relying instead on obvious jokes and stereotypical characterizations.

June 3, 2002
Hollywood Reporter
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A deftly satisfying, comically coherent sendup of the world of art.

May 29, 2002 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The concept is simple, even irresistible, but Posner's dishearteningly unsophisticated treatment itself rings false.

May 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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The female characters, with the exception of Britton, tend toward vulgar and the men register at various degrees of obnoxiousness.

September 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

An amusing, light-hearted satire of a Manhattan art world.

August 23, 2002
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

The send-up here is relatively weak

August 23, 2002 Full Review
Planet Sick-Boy

Irritatingly cutesy and self-satisfied on top of it all, making the picture something of an endurance test besides being a misfire.

June 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

The movie's rife with types ... but any story's a good story if it's told well, and this one is, with chuckles to spare.

June 13, 2002
New Times

[Eigeman's] driving insistence to reach some meaningful point with his Gus pushes The Next Big Thing into otherwise undeserved success.

June 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Hardly the next big thing to hit theaters.

May 31, 2002 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

The sweet romantic comedy overwhelms the satirical bitterness, producing a fluffy, pleasant, instantly forgettable picture that feels more than a little behind the times.

May 30, 2002 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Set amongst the spoiled and the starving in New York, The Next Big Thing pits artistic intelligence against a pleasantly simple love story

May 28, 2002 Full Review Source:

A clever, amusing parody of the New York art scene that's about something much bigger.

May 16, 2002 Full Review Source: Compuserve

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