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The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest (2002)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 11 October 2002 (Russia)
Andy, a successful marketing guy quits his job, because he feels disconnected with the values about work he learned from his father. He gets a new job at a top notch research facility, ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lloyd Acheson
Mrs. 'B'
Willy (as Robert Patrick Benedict)
Claudia Goss (as Heather Paige Kent)
Ben (as John M. Rothman)


Andy, a successful marketing guy quits his job, because he feels disconnected with the values about work he learned from his father. He gets a new job at a top notch research facility, where he quickly makes a powerful enemy who makes him volunteer for a nearly impossible project: The $99 Personal Computer. He recruits the only available guys at the lab, three sociopaths. Together they really compile a revolutionary PC for $99, but then they become the victims of a venture capitalist and Andy's old foe from the research lab. Can he and his new friends find a way to overcome the problems? Written by kaeng

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When things get odd... The odd get even



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and sexual content | See all certifications »




Release Date:

11 October 2002 (Russia)  »

Also Known As:

The First $20 Million  »

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Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,535 (USA) (30 June 2002)


$2,535 (USA) (30 June 2002)

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Did You Know?


Po Bronson (author of the book) played a cameo role in the film as one of many tuba players living in the same building as the main character. See more »


When Andy moves into Mrs. B house she puts him in room number 2. (You see the number on the door.) He then goes to the bathroom and meets Alisa and introduces himself and says he lives in number 3. Alisa says she lives in 2. After Alisa makes the prototype case she enters her room, but it's room 3. See more »


Tiny: Sit down and shut up, Francis
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References Desert Thunder (1999) See more »


What's That You Say
Written by Steve Summers, Mike Summers, Chuck Riley, Ernie Longoria and Tony De Lochi
Performed by Sprung Monkey
Courtesy of Surfdog Records/Redline Entertainment
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weak in almost every way...

This opened early in LA, and my friend dragged me to see it because of Adam Garcia, and I went along hoping for something entertaining because I'd enjoyed the writings of Po Bonson. This movie was probably the worst film I've seen this year. It felt cheap and cheesy in almost every regard. The story was quite weak and preposterous. The camera work and production values were hokey looking, aside from the holographic computers. The writing done by the usually wonderful Jon Favreau was the worst thing about the film. At times it was painfully bad. The two leads seemed miscast. Adam Garcia as ad exec Andy Caspar seemed particularly out of place and silly. His American accent was quite poor, and magnified by some of the ridiculous outdated slang he was forced to spout. The other lead/love interest Rosario Dawson was wooden and cliched in her performance. The only high point of the film for me were Andy's band of misfits played by Jake Busey, Ethan Suplee, and Anjul Nigam. The few laughs I managed were on their behalf. Over all the movie just wasn't interesting to keep me involved and I didn't care enough about any of the characters to give a flip what happened to them. For a similar story done much much better I'd recommend Mike Judge's Office Space.

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