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Art School Confidential (2006)



Critic Consensus: Art School's misanthropy is too sour, its targets too flat and cliched, and Clowes and Zwigoff stumble when trying to build a story around the premise.

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"Art School Confidential" follows Jerome, an art student who dreams of becoming the greatest artist in the world. Arriving as a freshman at a prestigious East Coast art school, filled with every artsy "type" there is, Jerome quickly discovers his affected style and arrogance won't get him very far. When he sees that a clueless jock is attracting the glory rightfully due him, he hatches an all-or-nothing plan to hit it big in the art world and win the heart of the most beautiful girl in the school.more
Rating: R (for language including sexual references, nudity and a scene of violence)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Daniel Clowes
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 10, 2006
Box Office: $3.2M
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John Malkovich
as Professor Sandiford
Adam Scott
as Marvin Bushmiller
Jack Ong
as Professor Larry Okam...
Isaac Laskin
as Kiss-Ass
Scoot McNairy
as Army Jacket
Shelly Cole
as Filthy-Haired Girl
Cristen Coppen
as Preppy Girl
Michael Shamus Wiles
as Donald Baumgarten
Paul Collins
as Professor David Zipk...
Ezra Buzzington
as Leslie, Male Model
Kimi Reichenberg
as Suburban Girl
Richard Bakalyan
as Cranky Guard
Alex Ryan
as Nympho
Travis Walck
as Richard Natwick
Roxanne Hart
as Mom Platz
Michael Lerner
as Art Dealer
Marie L. Bain
as Mrs. Helen Sandiford
Osman Soykut
as Dad Hugh Platz
Katija Pevec
as Cynthia Platz
Steve Buscemi
as Broadway Bob D'Annun...
Brian Turk
as Cliffy, Cousin
Edith Jefferson
as Doddering Aunt
Marc Vann
as Kevin
Zach Maurer
as Young Jerome
Charlie Talbert
as Vince's Editor
John Bliss
as Vince's Grandpa
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Critic Reviews for Art School Confidential

All Critics (134) | Top Critics (39)

Curiously, this relentlessly cynical tone turns out sounding refreshingly original compared to the usual pieties in the genre.

Full Review… | July 12, 2006
New York Observer
Top Critic

Cynical and raunchy comedy for adults only.

Full Review… | December 18, 2010
Common Sense Media

It's a shame that the film's main impetus turns out to be focused on such a pedestrian and predictable plot.

Full Review… | July 16, 2010

Messy, squalidly funny

Full Review… | August 30, 2009

Director Terry Zwigoff presents a scathing satire of art school student existence but derails the movie, about a talented young artist (well-played by Max Minghella), with an artificial sub-plot about a campus serial killer.

Full Review… | April 19, 2009

Unfortunately, the tender observations Zwigoff and Clowes specialize in are largely missing from Art School Confidential, which spends its energy on the zany people who'd usually pepper the edges of their films.

Full Review… | June 8, 2008
Paste Magazine

Audience Reviews for Art School Confidential

Man, I wanted to like this skewering of the exploiters who claim to teach art, but the filmmakers didn't trust their own instincts enough, their own vision ... and so added some lame-o bit about a murderer on campus to "liven things up". Too bad. Nonetheless, their are some good performances, particularly Jim Broadbent as the undiscovered artist gestating in murky void, and Sophia Myles as "the muse" (what else?).

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Art School Confidential is a film that is universally panned by many, and appreciated by a small number. The ones who think it's highly aggravating are usually let down by the fact that this was the second collaboration between Terry Zwigoff and Daniel Clowes, who first made the film Ghost World based off Clowes' graphic novel of the same name. Ghost World was disturbing, dark, funny, and full of realism. Art School is much more of a strange commentary on the pretension of art school students. I did like the paradox of what good art is, compared to the fact that good artists are the ones people pay to see. It was a good, insightful look into the politics of the art world, and the tension of the art student, who's only survival is fame, and fame at any cost. I was personally very disappointed at the brand of humor and the lack of follow through on character development. Yes, there are eccentricities, and kookiness to spare, but it is at the expense of the plot and the chemistry between the leads that we must suffer the general annoyances of our main character. I didn't especially hate the main character as many other viewers have in the past, because he's not meant to be personable or empathetic as our protagonist. His fate at the end of the movie is completely believable, even if understandable early in the film. The film has the humor, sexual tension, and lacking characters of the regular slew of indie comedies that sit in the comedy category of the Netflix Instant. There isn't anything new to take away from it, except perhaps a better understanding and appreciation for art and artists, and maybe it will warm your heart to know that this is a love story of sorts. Well, really it's more about obsession and women who would rather be immortalized in paint rather than be a great artist's muse or great love. It's an overly ambitious yet lacking film, and I found it entertaining if not oddly put together.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

Cast: Max Minghella, Sophia Myles, Matt Keeslar, John Malkovich, Jim Broadbent, Anjelica Huston, Joel David Moore, Scoot McNairy, Ethan Suplee, Nick Swardson, Adam Scott, Jack Ong, Jeremy Guskin, Monika Ramnath, Isaac Laskin

Director: Terry Zwigoff

Summary: When his pure genius goes ignored and a brainless jock tempts his dream girl (Sophia Myles), ambitious art school student Jerome Platz (Max Minghella) sets in motion a brazen plan to become an art world hero and win his beloved's heart. John Malkovich, Jim Broadbent, Matt Keeslar, Anjelica Huston and Ethan Suplee co-star in Terry Zwigoff's dark comedy about an overachiever who goes to extremes to get the girl.

My Thoughts: "I saw the trailer and was fooled into thinking this was going to be a quirky film with dark humor. Unfortunately all the humor is shown in the trailer and still there isn't nearly enough. I soon became bored with the film and I thought the main character Jerome was annoying and not likable. I love John Malkovich, Steve Buscemi, and I also enjoy Jim Broadbent, but their parts are small and not used nearly enough. The big twist is seen a mile ahead and the ending is how you expect it to end. Definitely something I wouldn't watch again."


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