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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 »

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Trivia

This was Richard Bakalyan's last theatrical movie. See more »

Goofs

When Jerome is the bartender at the party, he twists the top off of the beer and gives it to Jonah. Hoegaarden does not come in twist off bottles. See more »

Quotes

Bardo: [holding up clay pipe] This is ready for the kiln.
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Crazy Credits

An extra scene featuring the actors in Vince's film is shown after the credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Dirties (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Hungarian Dance No. 5
by Johannes Brahms
Performed by Wiener Symphoniker (as Vienna Symphony Orchestra), Yuri Ahronovitch
Courtesy of Delta Entertainment Corporation
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This film impressed the hell out of me
14 May 2006 | by tomwaitsisgodSee all my reviews

I came into this film expecting a mean, rude comedy in the vein of Zwigoff's previous effort Bad Santa (a film which has more brains than it gets credit for). For the first 3/4 or so of the film, that's what I got, and I enjoyed every second. Towards the last bit, the film takes a turn darker than you would expect. This sudden twist, unexpected as it was, did not feel trite or convoluted. More fascinating.

Make no mistake this a dark comedy in the truest definition. There is something about the ending that is supremely haunting.

Ethan Suplee provides the hyper-actively aggressive role he has become beloved for. Malkovich does not disappoint as the burnt-out and oh-so-full-of-crap art professor. Jim Broadbent channels Chuck Bukowski here as he barks like a pit-bull and alternately purrs like a tabby as the disheveled failed artist/ nihilistic mentor of our boy Jerome, who just may be the only unpretentious and truly talented student at Strathmore University. Throw in Anjelica Huston and Steve Buscemi in delightfully understated roles, a string of murders courtesy of the mythical Strathmore Strangler, and the positively stunning Sophia Myles as the nude drawing class model Audrey who becomes both the object of Jerome's affection and the source of his disillusion, and you have got a dysfunctional masterpiece.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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