The Next Big Thing (film)
|The Next Big Thing|
The Next Big Thing movie poster
|Directed by||P.J. Posner|
|Produced by||Amy Hobby|
P. J. Posner
Joel Posner (II)
|Written by||Joel Posner|
Edward James Hyland
|Distributed by||Castle Hill Productions|
Gus Bishop is a talented but failing New York painter who lacks the marketing savvy to make it in today's art world. After getting pick-pocketed in the subway, Gus' destiny is turned over into the hands of Deech—who promptly burglarizes his home and steals his paintings. To capitalize on his stolen goods, Deech generates interest in Gus' work by creating Geoffrey Boiardi, a fictional artist with a fascinating profile. Geoffrey becomes an overnight sensation while Gus is forced into the shadows of the ever-illusive rising star.
- Chris Eigeman as Gus Bishop
- Jamie Harris as Deech Scumble
- Connie Britton as Kate Crowley
- Janet Zarish as Florence Rubin
- Mike Starr as Walter Sznitken
- Farley Granger as Arthur Pomposello
- Marin Hinkle as Shari Lampkin
- Peter Giles as Roger
- Dechen Thurman as Damian Spire
- John Seitz as Mr. Chesick
- Ileen Getz as Trish Kane
- Edward James Hyland as Museum Director (as Ed Hyland)
- Gerta Grunen as Bernice Chesick
- Samia Shoaib as Varda Abromowitz
- Doug Stone as Mr. Willard
The film received mixed reviews, with Rotten Tomatoes reporting that 41% of critics gave it a positive review. Lawrence Van Gelder of The New York Times called it "a deftly satisfying, comically coherent sendup of the world of art". In contrast, Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times thought it was "a feeble and tedious satire", and Ed Park of The Village Voice said that "Posner's dishearteningly unsophisticated treatment itself rings false".
- The Next Big Thing (2002) at Rotten Tomatoes (accessed 2013-08-01).
- Lawrence Van Gelder, "Film Review; Being Someone Else: It's a Career Move", The New York Times, May 29, 2002.
- Kevin Thomas, "'Next Big Thing' Strains to Spoof Art Scene", Los Angeles Times, June 14, 2002.
- Ed Park, "Canvas Sneaker", The Village Voice, May 28, 2002.