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Art School Confidential (2006)

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Starting from childhood attempts at illustration, the protagonist pursues his true obsession to art school. But as he learns how the art world really works, he finds that he must adapt his vision to the reality that confronts him.

Director:

Terry Zwigoff

Writers:

Daniel Clowes (screenplay), Daniel Clowes (comic story) (as Dan Clowes)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Max Minghella ... Jerome
Sophia Myles ... Audrey
John Malkovich ... Professor Sandiford
Jim Broadbent ... Jimmy
Matt Keeslar ... Jonah
Ethan Suplee ... Vince
Joel David Moore ... Bardo
Nick Swardson ... Matthew
Anjelica Huston ... Art History Teacher
Adam Scott ... Marvin Bushmiller
Jack Ong ... Professor Okamura
Scoot McNairy ... Army-Jacket
Jeremy Guskin ... Eno
Monika Ramnath Monika Ramnath ... Flower
Isaac Laskin Isaac Laskin ... Kiss-Ass
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Storyline

Jerome, a kid from the suburbs who loves to draw, goes to New York City's Strathmore College for his freshman year as a drawing major. Competition and petty jealousy consume faculty and students, with an end-of-first-semester best-student award held out as a grand plum. Worse, a strangler is on the loose, killing people on or next to campus. The idealistic Jerome falls in love with Audrey, a student who models for life-drawing classes and who responds to his sweetness. But he has a rival: the clean-cut, manly Jonah, also a first-year drawing student, whose primitive work draws raves and Audrey's attention. As cynicism seems to corrode everything, Jerome is desperate to win. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Who said anything about talent?

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including sexual references, nudity and a scene of violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Akademia tajemniczych sztuk pieknych See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$135,733, 7 May 2006

Gross USA:

$3,297,137

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,306,629
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The art college in the movie is based on the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. According the published screenplay, the minimalist paintings Jonah brings to class were painted by author Daniel Clowes when he was a student at the Pratt Institute. See more »

Goofs

During the 'you haven't been laid' dorm scene, the fabric on Matthew's dressmaking model switches from draped around the model to wrapped around it like a scarf almost instantaneously. See more »

Quotes

Marvin Bushmiller: Shut up. Look. There's really only one question any of you want to ask: you want to know what it would take to turn you into me. Well, listen closely, 'cause I'm gonna give you the answer. In order to be a great artist, you simply have to *be* a great artist. There's nothing to learn. So... you're all wasting your time. Go home.
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Crazy Credits

The "Facts of Life" theme song plays during the final part of the end credits. See more »

Connections

References The Munsters (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

3rd Movement 'Alla Turca' from Piano Sonata No.11 A Major, K.331
(uncredited)
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
(Professor Sandiford's cellphone call signal)
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A Twist of Lime with a Crabapple on Top
25 April 2006 | by FeanimSee all my reviews

The beginning of this movie was hilarious. Jerome goes to art school and meets zany characters, including his gay roommate, his wannabe filmmaker roommate, and his art teacher (played by John Malkovich). The dialogue was witty. The audience loved the satire of modern art, because we all know how ridiculous modern art can be yet we must be polite and insightful when looking at it. Everyone could relate to the perverted college humor. Unfortunately, all this silliness ended. Right in the middle, the movie took a turn of tone and with it took the refreshingly simple but fun plot.

Art School Confidential suddenly became serious about its characters, including the mysterious strangler. The decision to transform the movie into a serious mystery was it's major flaw. With this move, the writers felt they had to incorporate a more confusing plot to achieve a mysterious tone. By the end, the initial idea of simply amusing the audience was lost because of the poorly-crafted mystery, leaving the audience disappointed.

Why do filmmakers do this? They think because we have paid to see an indie movie, we want an obscure plot twist topped off with an unresolved ending. It's like having ice cream, fun and simple, then someone comes over and adds a twist of lime and tops it off with crab apples! Obscure, but no fun because it tastes weird and you were content with the ice cream by itself. I recommend the first hour of this movie.


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