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Do the holidays have you in the mood for a palette-cleansing dark comedy? 'Big Nothing' might be just what you're looking for.

Directed by Cannes-native Jean-Baptiste Andrea, this 2006 British film inexplicably went straight to video in the U.S., and so it stayed largely off the mainstream radar, which is surprising considering it stars David Schwimmer and Simon Pegg, two gifted comic actors with great chemistry between them. (It's no wonder that a year later Schwimmer went on to direct Pegg in Run, Fatboy, Run). Do the holidays have you in the mood for a palette-cleansing dark comedy? 'Big Nothing' might be just what you're looking for.

Directed by Cannes-native Jean-Baptiste Andrea, this 2006 British film inexplicably went straight to video in the U.S., and so it stayed largely off the mainstream radar, which is surprising considering it stars David Schwimmer and Simon Pegg, two gifted comic actors with great chemistry between them. (It's no wonder that a year later Schwimmer went on to direct Pegg in Run, Fatboy, Run).

'Big Nothing' tells the story of Charlie (Schwimmer), an ex-teacher with a Ph.D. and no job prospects. In order to help support his family he takes a demeaning job at a dismal call center, where he meets Gus (Pegg), also a family man in dire straits.

In order to solve their cash flow problems, the two hatch a plan to blackmail a reverend, and end up involving local beauty queen Josie (Alice Eve) in the process. Any seasoned film-goer knows that a party of three is always the kiss of death for any heist plot, and 'Big Nothing' is no exception to that rule.

Sure enough, things go south quickly, and soon, the trio find themselves neck-deep in crimes more ghastly than they could have imagined. That Charlie's wife is also a policewoman only complicates matters. The film ends up being an unflinching commentary on the struggles we all face to make our own lives work and the desperate depths we're willing to go to escape life's doldrums.

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