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on 2 May 2007
Husband-of-cop, PhD-toting, statistic-quoting Charlie (David Schwimmer) is forced into a dead-end telephone helpline job to put bread on the table for wife Penelope (Natascha McElhone) and young baby. At the call centre he meets Gus (Simon Pegg), who brings him in on his criminal plan to blackmail a local porn-loving reverend.
The ensuing crime caper is a dizzying barrage of twists-in-the-tale and wildfire plot devices. Big Nothing is a film that is a little too clever for its own good - as if the writers wanted to cram in as many switches in scenario as possible. Some are brilliantly and hilariously delivered; some are a little hard to swallow. Big Nothing will certainly keep you on your toes, so you'll need to keep your wits about you.
Simon Pegg is, as always, excellent. I'll leave it to our chums across the pond to judge whether his American accent passed muster, but I've yet to see him disappoint in any film. His unexpected pairing with David Schwimmer was inspired. However, whilst Pegg's character was a million miles from Spaced's Tim Bisley and zombie-botherer Shaun, Schwimmer struggled to break away from trademark Ross Gellerisms. Their third partner in crime is toothsome beauty Alice Eve, who turns in a spirited performance.
I'm torn between a generous four stars and a mean three. But then, compare Big Nothing to Pegg's recent triumph, Hot Fuzz, and the choice pretty much makes itself.