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The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest (2002)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 11 October 2002 (Russia)
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Andy works in marketing but wants to create something "real" so he gets a job in research with huge a pay cut. He teams with 3 nerds to develop a $99 PC for 3rd world students. Then comes the dot-com crash.

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Mick Jackson

Writers:

Po Bronson (novel), Jon Favreau (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Garcia ... Andy Kasper
Rosario Dawson ... Alisa
Jake Busey ... Darrell Claxton
Enrico Colantoni ... Francis Benoit
Ethan Suplee ... Curtis 'Tiny' Reese
Anjul Nigam ... Salman Fard
Gregory Jbara ... Hank
Dan Butler ... Lloyd Acheson
Linda Hart ... Mrs. 'B'
Shiva Rose ... Torso
Chandra West ... Robin
Rob Benedict ... Willy (as Robert Patrick Benedict)
Heather Dubrow ... Claudia Goss (as Heather Paige Kent)
Stoney Westmoreland ... Link
John Rothman ... Ben (as John M. Rothman)
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Storyline

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

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and sexual content | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 2002 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Ironmen See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,535, 30 June 2002

Gross USA:

$5,491

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,491
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The tentative title for this movie during test screenings was "The Big Idea". See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[the guys are meeting at a restaurant after their design was "stolen"]
Andy: Guess what guys? I had a VISION!
Tiny: [skeptically] That involved third-world school kids?
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Connections

References Desert Thunder (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

My Sundown
Written by Jim Adkins, Tom Linton, Zach Lind and Rick Burch
Performed by Jimmy Eat World
Courtesy of DreamWorks Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Nice, sometimes really funny
2 December 2006 | by fedthoSee all my reviews

As *Ron Smolin* points out in his comment (July 17th, 2003), this isn't a movie that's going to change your views on the universe. It's pretty Disney formatted: good wins versus evil; the handsome & smart hero gets the handsome & smart girl; even fat people and small people and foreigners and geeks can get a beautiful, SLIM girl (of course, not the other way around); and making money's OK, if it lands in the pockets of the heroes). All those imperatives are there like on a menu for the movie that won't hurt anybody's principles...

That said, there are moments to be enjoyed, some nice ideas in the production design, even a little self irony (rather shy, but you can spot it if you pay attention...). The actors, especially the "geek-team" and most other supporting roles, really do a very good job (they actually helped me get over the too perfect, too tasteless "Andy" character, played by the otherwise very capable Adam Garcia).

It's really like a movie for early teens that can entertain grown-ups as well - and doesn't pretend to be anything else.

Perfectly OK for harmless entertainment. And for that little dreamy delight we can experience when we manage to forget that, most of the time, the world is a much more cruel and complex place than it is in this movie...


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