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Big Nothing (2007)





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Two best friends with dead-end jobs and few prospects for the future concoct a "fool-proof" blackmail scheme that goes hilariously awry in this caper comedy of errors starring Simon Pegg and David Schwimmer.more
Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Jean-Bapiste Andrea, Jean-Baptiste Andrea, Billy Asher, William Asher
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 12, 2007
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Alice Eve
as Josie McBroom
Jon Polito
as Agent Hymes
Natascha McElhone
as Penelope Wood
Mimi Rogers
as Mrs. Smalls
Billy Asher
as Dep. Garman
Mitchell Mullen
as Rev. Smalls
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Critic Reviews for Big Nothing

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Top Critic

Full Review… | November 16, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic of the most refreshingly mean-spirited comedies to come around in quite some time.

Full Review… | January 9, 2008
Reel Film Reviews

A work of dark comic insanity that never gets away from itself.

Full Review… | June 28, 2007

Tense, cruel and hilariously absurd all at once, it may, as its title suggests, not add up to so very much, but it is a deliciously entertaining journey into the night which, at under 90 minutes, never overstays its welcome.

Full Review… | June 15, 2007

Full Review… | March 10, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Big Nothing


Well-acted with a driven, entertaining plot and just plain hilarious. I approve

Idrees Khan
Idrees Khan

Super Reviewer


Not that funny but was enjoyable.

Dead Angel

Super Reviewer


Gets a lot into its 85 minutes, and the animation and split screens even work well to set the tone of a fast-moving novella on the screen. It's a thriller, a pretty original one, about 3 people in it together who have to admit they don't know each other at all but have linked their fates.

Big Nothing would have been a league better if the writer-director stayed close to this theme, filling in the details of the plot from the first hour-- with the characters' taking in the gravity of their choices. The plot swings for the fences and then runs the bases carefully, keeping a feeling of plausible cause-and-effect until the last 20 minutes where the prospect of a second serial killer feels like a mangled O'Henry touch. This undercuts a thriller which had distinguished itself by balancing comedy and suspense exactly right, so you could believe what was happening in each category was not there for comic relief or to keep an audience from getting bored.

The three leads are all good, and two have avoided big pitfalls. Schwimmer plays his role with agility to not sink like a sad sack, and Simon Pegg, with his hard-to-place American accent, seems like a familiar and unwicked type of person no matter how much his motives are revealed. For an English movie shot by a French director in Canada and Wales, the setting seems American enough, an updating of Jim Thompson's world to include most of a small town employed at a call center. And the characters here are all smarter than you would think if you tried to look at them only through the surroundings where each has immediately put themselves; this is also a very American thing that Brits don't usually get.

Adam Mahler

Super Reviewer

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