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A Poor Kid's Guide to Success (2007)

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Michael Maerd is leaving his torrid past and moving to Beverly Hills, home to the rich, talented and successful. Sometimes to achieve a dream, you have to chase it until you lose control.


Thomas Dagnino





Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Sidisin Jr. ... Michael Maerd
Thomas Dagnino Thomas Dagnino ... Tom Mastro
Daniella Alonso ... Nicole
Olivia d'Abo ... Lisa Maerd (as Olivia D'Abo)
Cristian Cruz Cristian Cruz ... Justin Wynn
Onahoua Rodriguez ... Brenda
Jennifer Hetrick ... Elizabeth Maerd
Chris Kerner ... Antonio
Kerry Song Kerry Song ... Strawberry Blonde
Nick Light Nick Light ... Jeremy Bradly
Eric Mellgren Eric Mellgren ... Connor Hansen
Jeff Weiss Jeff Weiss ... Alan Splicer
Michael Ray Ponce Michael Ray Ponce ... Escalante
Gary Gradinger Gary Gradinger ... Peter Turner
Theodore Pick Jr. Theodore Pick Jr. ... Lit


Michael Maerd, rough town Jersey raised, high school kick out - somehow left and made it to college, Florida State University, where he graduated with two degrees. This movie is about him leaving college and entering unknowingly into the movie business...working for one of the most powerful agencies in the world where he will hone skills he never knew he had. The struggle: To stay true to who he is/where he's from and still make "it" - truly "A Poor Kid's Guide To Success". Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

24 December 2007 (USA) See more »

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$10,000 (estimated)
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While filming in Laurence Harbor, NJ, the crew broke into an abandoned house to shoot interiors and later that night, filmed at an actual friend's wedding in progress. See more »


Antonio: Read this. Write something bigger... why not just focus on being an agent? My short's almost done. It's intense!
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Commendable effort is exaggerated budget claims
23 October 2013 | by freemanpatrick7See all my reviews

Every one wants to be the next Robert Rodriquez and show what they did for next to nothing. But what we're looking at here is not what is done for $10k. Like Rodriguez Thomas Dagnino apparently got a whole lot of people to work for free. Unlike Rodriguez he didn't have to buy, develop and print film.

Michael Sidisin's script is well written. Dagnino's direction is spot on. Camera work is pleasing and, thank God, steady. I get so freaking tired of shaky cameras. It's a bit dark at times. In fact it's almost all poorly lit. But that's about the only downside to the production values.

Acting, for the most part, is impressive throughout. Daniella Alonso put on a first class performance.

But the very first song in the sound track would cost more than $10k in licensing. So good luck getting distribution.

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