The Next Big Thing (2002)
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Movie InfoP.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 (Connie Britton), who, of course, does not realize that Geoff is really Gus. Soon, Gus is being pursued by a private eye (Mike Starr) and a rich art vixen (Janet Zarish), who both desperately want to meet the mysterious artist. … More
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Critic Reviews for The Next Big Thing
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.
The concept is simple, even irresistible, but Posner's dishearteningly unsophisticated treatment itself rings false.
The female characters, with the exception of Britton, tend toward vulgar and the men register at various degrees of obnoxiousness.
An amusing, light-hearted satire of a Manhattan art world.
Irritatingly cutesy and self-satisfied on top of it all, making the picture something of an endurance test besides being a misfire.
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.
[Eigeman's] driving insistence to reach some meaningful point with his Gus pushes The Next Big Thing into otherwise undeserved success.
The sweet romantic comedy overwhelms the satirical bitterness, producing a fluffy, pleasant, instantly forgettable picture that feels more than a little behind the times.
Set amongst the spoiled and the starving in New York, The Next Big Thing pits artistic intelligence against a pleasantly simple love story
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