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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 »


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 Desert Thunder (1999) See more »


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Clichéd feel at the start, finishes stronger
23 March 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It starts out feeling a lot like Revenge of the Nerds. The stereotypical marketer type and a lot of stereotypical nerds.

It improved, I thought. It's actually a longer than expected movie for a light genre movie. That gives them time for more character development, and a slower plot progression, which I was OK with.

What's to like - Andy is very likable. Maybe too nice a guy in some ways, but I was OK with that too. Every now and again, the lead character does not have to have one of those seemingly obligatory moments where he acts like a total jerk.

The technology was not totally unbelievable. It was plausible enough that I was able to accept it, in any case. For $99, maybe not, but hey, it's a movie, you have to have some suspension of disbelief.

The "bad guy" was almost too much of a jerk. I would have preferred they dialed him back just a bit - he felt like one of the perennial bad guys you have in a cartoon.

A lot of the supporting cast was pretty decent and funny.

While the plot did not break new ground, there were enough unique elements to hold my interest.

Mainly, I think the character interaction was what made it entertaining. While the dialog was not amazing or anything, I felt the cast did a fine job of delivering the dialog, and imbued the movie with a sense of fun.

I gave it a 6 out of 10; it was cute, and entertaining, and not totally insulting to my intelligence.

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