ASC takes the piss out of art school with a satirical black-humored edge. Jerome (Max Minghella) has a dream…he wants to be a great painter like his idol Pablo Picasso. He scampers off to art school only to find that his art isn’t making the cut. How can this be? He’s a good artist, right? In fact, the only ones who receive the kudos the clichéd, talentless. He struggles, talks to his professors, including self-indulgent blow-hard Professor Sandiford (John Malkovich), but still, he seems to be failing in his quest as a legitimate artist. He even changes his style to try to appeal to his class, but that leaves him worse off.
He’s smitten with nude art model Audrey (Sophia Myles) and when it seems that the two of them may be on the verge of starting something, Jonah (Matt Keeslar) shows up—an artist whose lame art becomes the hot new thing. Jerome befriends Jimmy (Jim Broadbent), an older has-been artist whose art was all the rage only to be tossed aside and forgotten. He’s now a peculiar shut-in who rants and counsels Jerome about the art world pitfalls…that success is based on who you are screwing. When Jerome’s dreams seem to be disintegrating, he ups his game with a unique plan, risking it all for success and to win the girl. Oh and while all this is going on, there’s a serial killer doing his/her thing. The twist ending ties it all together.
Director: Terry Zwigoff
Run time: 102 minutes