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A rags-to-riches story of two friends, a small-time inventor and a sharky salesman, who hit rock bottom before coming up with a gizmo that becomes a worldwide phenomenon.

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Jeff Balsmeyer

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Mike Cram
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dallas Roberts ... Matt
Jeremy Renner ... Sam
Ayelet Zurer ... Gina
Marguerite Moreau ... Cinda
Amanda Anka ... Louisa
Richard Kind ... Newkin
Eddie Jemison ... Bean
Judith Scott ... Rita
Debby Rosenthal Debby Rosenthal ... Brenda
Michael Kagan Michael Kagan ... Mort
Rob Brownstein ... Kent
David Frederick White ... Dave V.O. Talent
Vince Grant ... Randall
François Chau ... Mr. Chow
Melissa Alejandra ... Voice Talent
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Storyline

Matt and Sam are life-long friends running a funky gift shop while trying to come up with the next genius idea. Matt's recent inventions haven't been all that inventive and Sam's salesman techniques are shaky at best. In need of money, they turn to Matt's girlfriend, Gina. Gina wants to help out but aware of Matt and Sam's gambling problems in the past, and concerned that they have come back, she no longer knows if she can trust him. Even Matt and Sam's friendship is put to the test when they hit rock bottom and try to get normal jobs, but all Matt needs is one bright idea and he might be able to right everything. Written by napierslogs

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It only takes one idea.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ingenious See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China See more »

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Arriba See more »
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Quotes

Gina: No, Matt, I've been up since six.
Matt: I've been up about a minute and a half.
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References The Simpsons (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Blood Orange
Performed by Howe Gelb and A Band of Gypsies
Recorded on Fernando Vacas' roof, Cordoba
Written by Howe Gelb
Published by Scatter Land My Little Darlin' (BMI)
Produced by Fernando Vacas & Howe Gelb
From the Album 'Alegrias'
Courtesy of EUREKA and FIRE RECORDS
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Very Entertaining
21 March 2012 | by tucsondaveSee all my reviews

I saw this at a special showing at The Loft (one of the best independent theaters in the country) last month. While everyone in the theater had a special affinity with the film (it was shot entirely in Tucson and every street scene brought a gasp of familiarity from the audience), there was more to the buzz than just local pride. The story is believable and fun, and while some of the circumstances might have been exaggerated, the characters ring true and there is a wonderful spirit that flows through the entire production. It's the kind of film that doesn't seem to get made these days, and it sat in unedited limbo for quite a while waiting for financing to finish it up. I can see why, because the marketing will be tough since there is no obvious target audience. But when it shows up in wider spread distribution, go see it. It's an evening well spent.


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