The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest (2002)
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Hotshot marketing executive Andy Caspar (Adam Garcia) gives up his steady job to join a high-tech research and development center where he's teamed with three misfits, including socially-unacceptable Darrell (Jake Busey), to create a far-fetched and highly unlikely product -- a 99-dollar desktop computer. The company wants them to fail, but they succeed against all odds and come up with a PC that doesn't use a monitor or keyboard (it's holographic, and all of the memory is stored on an Internet server). A greedy competitor, Francis (Enrico Colantoni), sabotages their project and steals their idea as his own. Meanwhile, Andy's relationship with lovely neighbor Alisa (Rosario Dawson) hits the skids. Can Andy get the PC -- and the girl -- back? … More
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Critic Reviews for The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest
It appears to have been modeled on the worst revenge-of-the-nerds clichés the filmmakers could dredge up.
The movie, directed by Mick Jackson, leaves no cliche unturned, from the predictable plot to the characters straight out of central casting.
It's also curious to note that this film, like the similarly ill-timed Antitrust, is easily as bad at a fraction the budget.
Audience Reviews for The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest
Andy kaspar has it all, the high paying job, the Porsche, the hot girlfriend, but he's not happy. He wants to build something, to feel useful. So, he gives it all up. He takes a job with La Honda, the famous institute where dreams are invented one microchip at a time. There's only one problem, Francis Benoit. Francis will stop at nothing to see Andy and his team fail.
The First $20 Million Is Always The Hardest is a story about being the underdogs, following your dreams, and fighting for it. I loved this movie. It was smart and very funny.
The cast of this movie was outstanding. I adore Ethan Suplee, so I was super excited to see him in this. He is a real comedian and fun to watch. Rosario Dawson is beautiful and a good actress, so she was an excellent choice to play Alisa in this. I have to say that I am a fan of Jake Busey. I think he is an underrated comic genius. He had me in stitches in this. There are a lot of familiar faces in this film.
The story had one area where it seemed kind of on the slow side, but all in all, I'd have to say that The First $20 Million is definitely a good movie to watch. Where can I get one of those?
If only the film's budget had approached that of its title, it may have been more watchable. Not that it's not without its indie charms, but it just feels a little sloppy and haphazardly edited.
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