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 … More

Rating: R (for language and some sexuality/nudity)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By: ,
Written By: P J Posner, Joel Posner, P.J. Posner
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 29, 2002
Castle Hill Productions



as Gus Bishop

as Kate Crowley

as Deech Scumble

as Walter Sznitken

as Florence Rubin

as Arthur Pomposello

as Damien Spire

as Chesick

as Trish Kane

as Museum Director

as Bernice Chesick

as Varda Ambromowitz

as Mr. Willard

as Destitute Passenger

as Pomposello Reception...

as `Nihilistic' Woman

as `Solipsism' Man

as `Weltanschauung' Man

as `Weltanschauung' Wom...

as `Absolutist' Woman

as Marjana

as Gus's Supervisor

as Aspiring Novelist

as Art Instructor

as Hip Bistro Hostess

as Hip Bistro Blonde

as `Cheese' Artiste at ...

as Artiste at Bar 2

as Artiste at Bar 3

as Dance Floor Girl 1

as Dance Floor Girl 2

as Dance Floor Guy

as Pickpocketed Strapha...

as Biennial Attendant

as Biennial Guard

as Biennial Patron

as Gallery Guy 1

as Gallery Guy 2

as Gallery Girl

as Club Doorman

as Florence's Chauffeur

as Fantasy Geoffrey

as Studio Model
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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (5)

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

Full Review… | June 14, 2002
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

A deftly satisfying, comically coherent sendup of the world of art.

Full Review… | May 29, 2002
New York Times
Top Critic

The concept is simple, even irresistible, but Posner's dishearteningly unsophisticated treatment itself rings false.

Full Review… | May 28, 2002
Village Voice
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 14, 2002
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

The female characters, with the exception of Britton, tend toward vulgar and the men register at various degrees of obnoxiousness.

Full Review… | September 9, 2002
Film Journal International

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