Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas 2006

Bickford Schmeckler's Cool Ideas

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Bickford Schmeckler (Patrick Fugit) has a lot of "cool ideas" about things like the meaning of life and the unified field theory. He keeps them all in a giant notebook that he guards with his life. So when a sorority girl (Olivia Wilde) somehow manages to steal the book, he scours the campus to find it before all his ideas are lost forever. Meanwhile, everyone who reads the book experiences a radical change in consciousness, blown away by Bickford's amazing revelations about life.

Cast & Crew

Patrick Fugit
Bickford Shmeckler
Cheryl Hines
Professor Adams
Olivia Wilde
Sarah Witt
Rosanne Korenberg
Executive Producer
Peter Principato
Executive Producer
Jonathan Shestack
Executive Producer
Paul Young
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Jeremiah Samuels
Producer
Scott Lew
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Critic Reviews for Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (3)

  • Bickford is an assured first feature for former Beacon Pictures exec Lew, with a winning cast and an infectious spirit.

    March 24, 2006 | Full Review…
  • It's the sort of small-scale comedy that invites multiple viewings.

    October 1, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • What should be the American Pie of college genius comedies suffers from a lack of imagination and an absence of impudence...

    October 1, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Director Scott Lew is not without his own cool ideas (having Reno 911's Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon play campus cops is genius), but his focus is all over the place

    May 24, 2007
  • The film's early momentum wears off, and we realize the movie's not as amusing or entertaining as it wants to be.

    April 17, 2006 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • Packing quite a bit of wit, wisdom, craziness, and creativity into its slick-looking and efficient frame, Bickford Schmeckler's Cool Ideas is a bizarrely charming little diversion.

    March 19, 2006 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas

  • Jul 14, 2012
    a little slow, but still entertaining and a great story.
    Shawn M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 29, 2011
    What the hell was this all about? A book that can make you ....!!! This is so eff-ed up.
    Dead A Super Reviewer
  • Jan 03, 2010
    "You killed her? No! How?! With a butcher's knife?!" Disaffected college student Bickford Shmeckler (Patrick Fugit) has filled a book with his cool and revolutionary ideas about reality. One night at a party, beautiful kleptomaniac Sarah (Olivia Wilde) stumbles into his room, and makes off with his book of ideas. Over the next few days, Bickford frantically tries to track the book back down, while reading it has a huge affect on the lives of Sarah, an entire Dungeons and Dragons club, a horny cosmology professor, and a group of homeless nuts led by a man named Spaceman. Yes, the movie really is that random. The most random and peculiar indie comedy that I've seen in a while. As you can tell from the description, this is a pretty weird movie. It's low-budget, for sure. Lots of obscure tunes from college radio on the soundtrack, and lots of "alternative" humor. I found the attempts at humor to be more bemusing, than anything else. I only recall laughing out loud once (thanks to a few cameos from Reno 911! and a rape joke that came out of nowhere). If the idea of a book giving women brain orgasms sounds funny to you, then you'll be right at home, here. I don't really think I can recommend that anyone who's not a massive Olivia Wilde or Patrick Fugit fan go out of their way to catch this one. The movie takes a turn for the dramatic at the end that doesn't fit well with anything that came before, and the entire script just seems like it could have used some more work and development.
    Lewis C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 31, 2009
    Cool comedy with a good cast and performances.
    Chosen 7 Super Reviewer

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