Big Nothing

December 1st, 2006


Big Nothing

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Big Nothing

A frustrated, unemployed teacher joining forces with a scammer and his girlfriend in a blackmailing scheme.

Release Year: 2006

Rating: 6.8/10 (16,633 voted)

Director: Jean-Baptiste Andrea

Stars: David Schwimmer, Simon Pegg, Alice Eve

Charlie is an ex-teacher turned reluctant call center employee who gets fired on the first day. Distraught on being unable to provide for his daughter Emily and cop wife, Penelope, he is suddenly contacted by Gus, an aspiring scam artist who presents Charlie with a seemingly snag-free plan to make some cash: Blackmail Reverend Smalls a man of the cloth, who's frequently turned up in the company database of visitors to illegal porn-sites. Gus plans on extorting Reverend Smalls, with the intention of publicly exposing his secret shame, should he refuse, with this scandal potentially destroying the man's career. Normally cautious Charlie, is keen on participating in this scam, confident that with this money maker he'll garner from the deal and will finally help turn things around for him and his family. Joined by one-time teenage pageant queen Josie McBroom Gus's ex, the plan goes ahead...

Writers: Billy Asher, Jean-Baptiste Andrea

David Schwimmer - Charlie
Simon Pegg - Gus
Alice Eve - Josie McBroom
Jon Polito - Agent Hymes
Natascha McElhone - Penelope Wood
Mimi Rogers - Mrs. Smalls
Billy Asher - Deputy Garman
Julian Glover - 80 year old Blind Man
Olivia Peterson - Emily
Sarah Edmondson - Isabella
Amber Sealey - Call Center Supervisor
Shauna Shim - Melanie 1
Laurence Bouvard - Melanie 2
Mindy Lee Raskin - Melanie 3
Kenneth Jay - Barman

Taglines: A comedy that gets away with murder.


Official Website: Official site [uk] |

Release Date: 1 December 2006

Filming Locations: Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: £83,829 (UK) (3 December 2006) (101 Screens)

Gross: £83,829 (UK) (3 December 2006)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Frenchman Jean-Baptiste Andrea wrote the original screenplay and then Billy Asher came on board to render it into more English-speaking terminology.

Revealing mistakes: After the accident with the fat guy, it starts to rain but neither Gus or the fat guy has rain on their clothing or hair.

Josie McBroom: Freakin' fantastic! Don't you see? None of us has to run away or turn ourselves in.
Charlie: What do you propose? We roam the country living on the land, like Bonnie and Clyde... and Clyde?

User Review

Original, disturbing, hilarious!

Rating: 10/10

This movie really caught me by surprise. I hadn't heard about it until about two days before the release and decided to give it a chance. I didn't regret it! Big Nothing is the story of two nice losers who decide to blackmail a porn-addicted priest. A fool-proof plan. Needless to say, everything goes wrong. Big Nothing made me laugh my head off and managed to shock me quite a few times, which is what made it so unique. Superficially, it might look like another crime caper but the sheer number of twists and turns and the fun factor of the whole thing really sets it apart from the rest of the pack. And just when you think you get the gist of it, the tone itself changes, and you're leaving the caper behind to plunge into a downright Gothic, although still hilarious, movie. It's a very intense ride which made me feel almost battered after the screening. My friends reacted in pretty much the same way. We laughed so hard we cried, and we jumped our of our seats quite a few times. I suspect some people will be disturbed by the tone change, but that's what makes the movie so unique in my opinion. It seems to get great reviews overall, although I read a couple of nasty ones in the press. Those guys are probably too old for that kind of ride, and I actually wouldn't recommend it to anyone wearing a pacemaker. Nothing's perfect in this world, although I have a hard time finding what I didn't like. Kick-ass soundtrack and photography complemented the storyline perfectly. A fantastically punk movie. Disco-lovers should give it a miss! This was my very first review. More to come!


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