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?
PG-13 (for language and sexual content)
Comedy , Drama
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20th Century Fox


Adam Garcia
as Andy Caspar
Jake Busey
as Darrell
Anjul Nigam
as Salman
Enrico Colantoni
as Francis Benoit
Dan Butler
as Lloyd
Linda Hart
as Mrs. B
Heather Paige Kent
as Claudia Gross
Andy Berman
as Old Man
Reggie Lee
as Suit
Brent Hinkley
as Security Guard
Dagney Kerr
as Janie
Amy Van Horne
as Money Honey
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Critic Reviews for The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

It appears to have been modeled on the worst revenge-of-the-nerds clichés the filmmakers could dredge up.

July 11, 2002
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

The movie, directed by Mick Jackson, leaves no cliche unturned, from the predictable plot to the characters straight out of central casting.

July 10, 2002
New York Post
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Full Review… | January 11, 2004

It's also curious to note that this film, like the similarly ill-timed Antitrust, is easily as bad at a fraction the budget.

Full Review… | February 26, 2003
Film Freak Central

No way I can believe this load of junk.

Full Review… | January 13, 2003

The movie's thesis -- elegant technology for the masses -- is surprisingly refreshing.

July 10, 2002

Audience Reviews for The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest


An average comedy can still be unique and enjoyable when it comes with heart and sincerity. "The First $20 Million" has these redeeming virtues in spades.

Mark Soppet
Mark Soppet

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?

Jami  Lyn
Jami Lyn

I liked this one. A group tries to make a computer for $100, and the shit they make is about the coolest thing I've seen (technology wise) since the freakin' light saber.

John Trifiletti
John Trifiletti

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