Big Nothing

2007

Big Nothing

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Director Jean-Baptiste Andrea's wicked, jet-black comic thriller Big Nothing stars Friends mainstay David Schwimmer as Charlie Wood, a onetime American professor now married to a policewoman, Penelope (Natascha McElhone) and living in Oregon. As the story opens, Charlie takes a job as a telephone operator at an Information Technology call support center, but is promptly fired for making offensive comments to a customer. One of Charlie's shadier co-workers, Gus Dickinson (Simon Pegg) wheedles him into his plan to blackmail a priest, Rev. Smalls (Mitchell Mullen) by using "inside" information from the company that demonstrates the minister's obsession with internet porn. Thus begins an endless series of Mametian twists and turns involving double-cross, mistaken identity, forced drownings, poisonings, infidelities and cold-blooded mariticide, as the men attempt to collect on the money but run head-first into one outrageous conflict after another. Alice Eve, Mimi Rogers and Jon Polito co-star; Andrea and William Asher co-authored the script.

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  • Feb 13, 2018
    If you make a film called Big Nothing you really have to offer something interesting, otherwise you're just opening up yourself to that really easy joke. For Simon Pegg completionists only.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2012
    The acting is right, but the script is all wrong. All three actors play off each other well, but the constant shifting of the plot gets zanier and zanier with each passing twist. Being a story about a troubled writer, I would have almost given this film the benefit of the doubt if it had gone with the twist that these crazy turns of events were all part of a story written by David Schwimmer's character. By the time Jon Polito's character gets involved, I was completely done with this film.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer
  • Jan 01, 2012
    An interesting premise and promising start, but ultimately the film unravels into a mess. The script mistakes absurd twist after absurd twist as clever, while it's actually cheap and distracting. Laughs are to be had, but are too few and far between the rest of the material which tries desperately to be a witty black comedy, but doesn't make it.
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 14, 2011
    Well-acted with a driven, entertaining plot and just plain hilarious. I approve
    Idrees K Super Reviewer

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