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

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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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Andy Kasper
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Alisa
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Darrell Claxton
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Francis Benoit
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Curtis 'Tiny' Reese
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Salman Fard
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Hank
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Lloyd Acheson
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Robin
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Willy (as Robert Patrick Benedict)
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Claudia Goss (as Heather Paige Kent)
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Ben (as John M. Rothman)
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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

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Rated PG-13 for language and sexual content | See all certifications »
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11 October 2002 (Russia)  »

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$2,535 (USA) (28 June 2002)

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$2,535 (USA) (28 June 2002)
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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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Francis: The world needs a cheap portable computer, Casper. Third world school children want to join the information age.
Andy: I thought third world school children wanted... food.
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References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »

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Life is Good
Written by Sheppard, Kenny Gioia & Rich Cronin
Performed by LFO
Courtesy of J Records
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Reminds me of the 80's...
25 December 2002 | by (Atlanta, GA) – See all my reviews

Like the DVD box says, its "Revenge of the Nerds" of today. I miss the carefree movies that have a lot of heart and soul, you know, like all the films of the 80's. Ausi actor Adam Garcia from the hit movie "Coyote Ugly" has yet to become a household name in the U.S., and I blame 20th Century Fox for this film. Its funny, has a great cast, and something I think with a little marketing become a sleeper hit. I guess with studios knowing they can make millions off DVD sales and rentals these days they don't bother with the small films. But if that philosophy is true, then why did 20th Century Fox market "Life or Something Like It" and "Swimfan" in 2002, and in 2001 market flops like "Freddy Got Fingered" "Glitter" and "Say It Isn't So"?

Anyway, the cast includes rising star Rosario Dawson who appeared in "Men in Black 2" in summer 2002, Ethan Suplee who appeared in "Remember the Titans" in 2000, Jake Busey who has graced us with "Tomcats" in 2001, and Anjul Nigam of "Snow Job" for 2001. They aren't the "American Pie" cast, but their not unfamiliar with the big screen. Directed by Mick Jackson, who worked with Fox in 1997 on "Volcano," directed Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner in the 1992 blockbuster "The Bodyguard," and recently in 2002 with HBO on "Live from Baghdad." All films were really entertaining, and I'm proud to report that Jackson has directed another winner in his collection.

So again, its up to the internet and "we" the people to tell the country that this film is watchable and definitely entertaining. The dot.com era is still at large and if anything, the message behind the film is telling you to educate yourself today so we can live tomorrow.


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