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Running Time:
1 hour, 42 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for language including sexual references, nudity and a scene of violence

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A satire that's far too flat and cliched.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Deleted scenes; Blooper reel; Making of Art School Confidential; Sundance featurette

Art School Confidential
Jerome Platz (Max Minghella "Bee Season"), a talented young artist enrolls in an East Coast art school in his quest to become a famous artist. Jerome finds the anything-goes art class both bewildering and bogus and unfortunately, his work is not appreciated by the quirky art teacher (John Malkovich "The Libertine") although he seems to take an extra-curricular interest in the good looking young painter. Jerome's harsh judgments of his classmates' efforts or his attempts to create pseudo-art of his own wins him few if any admirers. Only one person, the stunning and sophisticated Audrey (Sophia Myles "Underworld"), an artist's model and daughter of a celebrated artist seems interested at all. Audrey, his dream girl, seems to be drawn to Jerome's sincerity, despite the rejections and affectations of the local art scene. But when Audrey shifts her attentions to Jonah (Matt Keeslar "Waiting for Guffman"), a hunky painter who becomes the school's latest art star, Jerome is heartbroken. Desperate, he concocts a risky plan to make a name for himself and win her back.

In this satirical look at art and art education you'll also meet a number of other offbeat characters including: a failed artist (Jim Broadbent "Moulin Rouge"), drowning in alcohol and self-pity; a regal art history professor (Anjelica Huston "The Royal Tenenbaums") Jerome tries to influence; a coffee shop owner-cum-art impresario (Steve Buscemi "Fargo") swelling with self-importance; a worldly classmate (Joel David Moore "The Shaggy Dog") who introduces Jerome to the shenanigans of campus life; and Jerome's filmmaker roommate (Ethan Suplee "Without a Paddle"), exploding with energy, hoping to create a cinematic masterpiece.

Director Terry Zwigoff who had much success with his last film ("Ghost World") has not created a cinematic masterpiece this time. It's mostly just an unsatisfying noir satire.

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