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Art School Confidential (2006)

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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.
Rating:
R (for language including sexual references, nudity and a scene of violence)
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Comedy , Drama
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$3,174,973.00
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Cast

Max Minghella
as Jerome
Sophia Myles
as Audrey
John Malkovich
as Professor Sandiford
Adam Scott
as Marvin Bushmiller
Jack Ong
as Professor Larry Okamura
Lauren Lee Smith
as Beat Girl
Nick Swardson
as Matthew
Isaac Laskin
as Kiss-Ass
Scoot McNairy
as Army Jacket
Shelly Cole
as Filthy-Haired Girl
Michael Shamus Wiles
as Donald Baumgarten
Cristen Coppen
as Preppy Girl
Paul Collins
as Professor David Zipkin
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'Annunzio
Brian Turk
as Cliffy, Cousin
Edith Jefferson
as Doddering Aunt
Roxanne Day
as Marie
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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All Critics (134) | Top Critics (39)

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

July 12, 2006
New York Observer
Top Critic

No matter which is the real imitator, life or art, Art School Confidential does its own fine job skewering both.

Full Review… | May 12, 2006
Seattle Times
Top Critic

The film loses its way with multiple subplots, becoming a hodgepodge that isn't particularly hard to follow, but, far worse, provides no compelling reason to bother.

Full Review… | May 12, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

A movie with the odd, tired joke about art and artists, a college romance that isn't romantic, and a plot twist that doesn't twist at all.

May 12, 2006
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Zwigoff's angry exposé of this intense, tiny subculture isn't fair to anyone in the art world, but if you can stomach the overstatement, it's often scathingly funny. And it's sometimes scathingly smart.

Full Review… | May 12, 2006
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

What keeps the film from being altogether snide and smug are the well-intentioned performances.

May 12, 2006
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

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
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.
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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