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Purpose (2002)

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A software developer becomes a billionaire and is distracted by fame, greed and power, then must save his invention and company from a hostile takeover.

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Alan Ari Lazar (as Alan Lazar)

Writers:

Ronnie Apteker (original concept) (as Ronen Apteker), Ronnie Apteker (as Ronen Apteker) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ismael 'East' Carlo ... Fisherman
Mia Farrow ... Anna Simmons
Chris Howell Chris Howell ... Ted Otis
Elena Evangelo ... Claire
John Light ... John Elias
Gustavo Ruiz Gustavo Ruiz ... Border Patrol Agent
Ben Hernandez Bray ... Tijuana Policeman #1 (as Ben Bray)
Jason Rodriguez ... Tijuana Policeman #2
Megan Dodds ... Lisa Forrester
Shaun Majumder ... Victor
Archie Kao ... Kiko
Paul Reiser ... Ben Fisher
Jeffrey Donovan ... Robert Jennings
Zachary Kranzler ... Jim the Millionaire
Peter Coyote ... Bernard Elias
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Purpo$e is the story of young Internet entrepreneur, John Elias. Purpo$e is a story about business in the new millenium, and a world shifted away from quality to quantity. But even more important than that, it is an emotional story of a character who learns to value relationships, life balance and spiritual purpose, over self-involvement and financial gain. Fundamentally, John learns that love and a sense of purpose are more powerful and more valuable than money. Written by Anonymous

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High tech. High risk. Huge profits... Who wants to be an Internet Millionaire? See more »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Alan Ari Lazar's first and only film debut as a director, co-producer and co-writer. He also composed the film's soundtrack. Composing is his real job. See more »

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Sweet Cinnamon Punch
Performed by Tipsy
Written by Tim Digulla (as Tim Digula) & David J. Gardner
Used courtesy of Asphodel Ltd.
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Star-Spangled Greed
29 December 2008 | by LechuguillaSee all my reviews

That this film has such a low IMDb rating is not surprising. In our post-Enron era, do we really need any more reminders of America's obsession with the greed creed? The topic has become so politically charged that a lot of viewers not only are not going to be entertained by movies of this sort, but will respond with barely concealed rage. It was all I could do to sit quietly through this cinematic memo of corporate corruption without extracting the DVD and smashing it into a thousand pieces.

What's really irksome with these kinds of films, including "Purpose", is their pretense that behind the glitter, there's some meaningful message that makes the film worthwhile. In "Purpose", I found no such meaningful message. What I did find was a story that idolized the materialistic trappings of capitalistic power and wealth. The two main characters, nauseating in their glibness, do very little actual work. Instead, they party, they play golf, they strut their coolness, they sound "hip" with dialogue straight out of MTV-culture-speak: "rock my world", and "Now get back to partying; that's an order". John is smug, self-important, shallow, and smirks a lot. Robert, who wears funky little glasses, is even worse.

The film includes two youthful garage geeks, who look and sound like they're right out of the film "Antitrust" (2001). Stereotypes are played for all they're worth, and in this film also include chic-looking computer equipment, and Barbie doll chicks on hand for those occasions when our can-do future billionaires need some relaxation after all that heavy-duty partying. And with the time-bound images and dialogue that such a story necessitates, can you imagine how dated this film will be in fifteen years?

About the best I can do for this waste of cinematic celluloid is to say that it does have some nice aerial views of San Francisco. The film would have been a lot more enjoyable, a lot more entertaining, if they had ditched those odious characters and that repulsive story, and simply flown us viewers around in that little plane for the film's duration.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 2002 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

Purpo$e See more »

Filming Locations:

Tijuana, Mexico See more »

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Production Co:

Earth Magic Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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