Art School Confidential (2006)
USA / English
"Who said anything about talent?
"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.
I don't understand why this movie has attracted negative reviews. When
I saw it the audience - including me - was laughing out loud. Sure, it
isn't the cleverest film ever but it is unfailingly entertaining. The
performances are great and the script is witty. The point is that
Jerome can draw but is no great artist so from the beginning is never
going to achieve his ambition to be Picasso. He is as much of a
stereotype as everybody else. It is stated right from the start that
everybody is a cliché - and ain't that the truth? We are all clichés.
As Malkovich explains in the beginning art students are almost
guaranteed disappointment. The audience isn't supposed to sympathise
with Jerome - if you think you are then you have missed the point.
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