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Best known for bringing Subaru and Yugo to North America, and for producing the first sports car with gull-wing doors, Malcolm Bricklin has lost and regained millions, failing as often as ... See full summary »

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Best known for bringing Subaru and Yugo to North America, and for producing the first sports car with gull-wing doors, Malcolm Bricklin has lost and regained millions, failing as often as thriving. But Malcolm is a man who gauges success by the experience itself, not just by the dollars and cents it generates. Filmmaker Jonathan Bricklin follows his father's last grasp at power before his last gasp, as dad dreams of being the first to distribute Chinese cars in North America. All he needs is a near-bankrupt factory and some investors. You wouldn't actually think Malcolm could do it, given his insistence that everyone conform to his ideas and his blustery, ostentatious, and unprofessional conduct. Can this showman transform his talk into reality? The Entrepreneur is a testament to Bricklin senior's legacy, a roller coaster ride through the ups and downs of brokering the blockbuster deal of a lifetime Written by Angie Driscoll

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No love letter to dad...
20 October 2012 | by (Ontario) – See all my reviews

The Entrepreneur is a film about the director's father Malcolm Bricklin. Malcolm made and lost three fortunes in his lifetime - he brought Subaru and Yugo cars to North America, and created the Bricklin automobile (the 70s forerunner of the DeLorean), as well as invested in an electric bicycle before its time. Malcolm may have a good business sense, but his timing, single-mindedness, arrogance, and vulgarity gets in the way of his success.

Jonathan Bricklin seems to see this in his father and decided to make a film about him, although God knows why. There is nothing redeeming in Malcolm's nature and the film leaves an acrid distaste in the mouth. You aren't sure whether you are watching a business man, or a swindler/thug in action.

To make things worse, Jonathan Bricklin is not an experienced film maker. The documentary is not well edited, there are too many characters, too many harsh cuts between dark and light scenes and grainy, shaky film - all typical of low, low, low budget film making. If you want to see a film about an unlikable ruthless business magnate see Citizen Kane, The Social Network or The Devil Wears Prada...


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