Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas (2006)

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Reclusive college freshman Bickford Schmeckler (Patrick Fugit) is a virtual fountain of cool ideas, and he records every single one of them in his prized, steel-bound notebook. When the notebook is stolen by hedonistic sorority girl Sarah (Olivia Wilde) during a toga party and subsequently comes into the possession of schizophrenic campus eccentric Spaceman (Matthew Lillard), the desperate Bickford embarks on a frantic quest to recover his most prized possession and prevent his life's work from being credited to someone else. John Cho and Fran Krantz star in a cinematic labor of love from writer/director Scott Lew - an ambitious first-time feature filmmaker who worked for eight years to bring his creative vision to the big screen.
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R
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Comedy
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Vulcan Productions

Cast

Patrick Fugit
as Bickford Shmeckler
Olivia Wilde
as Sarah Witt
Matthew Lillard
as Spaceman
John Cho
as Bob
Fran Kranz
as Ralph
Reid Scott
as Trent
Clark Gregg
as Publisher
Cheryl Hines
as Professor Adams
Robert Ben Garant
as Campus Rent-a-Cop
Thomas Lennon
as Campus Rent-a-Cop
Laurie Boloven
as Cosmo Girl
Will Burke
as Overworked Student
Nick Corirossi
as Roman Partier
Genevieve Cortese
as Toga Girl
Tiffany Dupont
as Sorrority Girl
Natalie Garza
as College Girl
Danny Kanamori
as Drunk Jock
Veronique Vicari
as Anais Nin Reader
Allison Weintraub
as Bullhorn Girl
Tony Klein
as Teenager Eating Popsicle
Daniel Lew
as Ice Cream Seller
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Critic Reviews for Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas

All Critics (6)

It's the sort of small-scale comedy that invites multiple viewings.

Full Review… | October 1, 2007
eFilmCritic.com

What should be the American Pie of college genius comedies suffers from a lack of imagination and an absence of impudence...

Full Review… | October 1, 2007
MSN.com

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.

Full Review… | April 17, 2006
EricDSnider.com

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

Full Review… | March 24, 2006
Austin Chronicle

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.

Full Review… | March 18, 2006
eFilmCritic.com

Audience Reviews for Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas

a little slow, but still entertaining and a great story.

Shawn Montague
Shawn Montague

Super Reviewer

What the hell was this all about? A book that can make you ....!!! This is so eff-ed up.

Dead Angel
Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

½

"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.
Lewis C.

Super Reviewer

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