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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 (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.
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    R (for language and some sexuality/nudity)
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    Castle Hill Productions


Chris Eigeman
as Gus Bishop
Connie Britton
as Kate Crowley
Jamie Harris
as Deech Scumble
Mike Starr
as Walter Sznitken
Janet Zarish
as Florence Rubin
Farley Granger
as Arthur Pomposello
Dechen Thurman
as Damien Spire
John Seitz
as Chesick
Ileen Getz
as Trish Kane
Ed Hyland
as Museum Director
Gerta Grunen
as Bernice Chesick
Samia Shoaib
as Varda Ambromowitz
Doug Stone
as Mr. Willard
Joel Posner
as Destitute Passenger
Summer Mahoney
as Pomposello Receptionist
Rasha Mella
as `Nihilistic' Woman
Martin Moran
as `Solipsism' Man
Tibor Feldman
as `Weltanschauung' Man
Catherine Curtin
as `Weltanschauung' Woman
Johann Carlo
as `Absolutist' Woman
Katalin Pota
as Marjana
Delora Whitney
as Gus's Supervisor
Andrew Droz Palermo
as Aspiring Novelist
P.J. Posner
as Art Instructor
Abiola Wendy Abrams
as Hip Bistro Hostess
Cara Leigh
as Hip Bistro Blonde
Perry Wolberg
as `Cheese' Artiste at Bar
Daniel Dresner
as Artiste at Bar 2
Rohan Quine
as Artiste at Bar 3
Chelsea Lagos
as Dance Floor Girl 1
Alice Liu
as Dance Floor Girl 2
Eric Riley
as Dance Floor Guy
Mitch Greene
as Pickpocketed Straphanger
Christine Rogers
as Biennial Attendant
Tony Rossi
as Biennial Guard
Shelley Kirk
as Biennial Patron
Anthony Katagas
as Gallery Guy 1
John DeNatale
as Gallery Guy 2
Jill Johnson
as Gallery Girl
Richard Gallela
as Club Doorman
Yves Rene
as Florence's Chauffeur
Greg Orvis
as Fantasy Geoffrey
Kim Merritt
as Studio Model
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Critic Reviews for The Next Big Thing

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (4)

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

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

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

August 23, 2002
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Audience Reviews for The Next Big Thing


[font=Comic Sans MS][size=4]A small low budget film about a starving artist. Who just can't seem to find a buyer for his art work. His girl friend dumps him, he looses his dead end job. He gets his wallet stolen and when he comes home from work. He finds out he has been robbed (same guy that stole his wallet) of one of his paintings. The thief takes his painting to pay for his rent. Makes up this story about the artist. What happens next........Well you'll just have to see the movie to find out.[/size][/font] [font=Comic Sans MS][size=4]You'll guess before the end of the movie is over. And the acting was sub-par. But I still liked it, even thou I knew pretty much how it would end.[/size][/font] [font=Comic Sans MS][size=4]A nice rental.[/size][/font] [font=Comic Sans MS][size=4]Donna A.[/size][/font]

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