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The Learning Curve (2002)

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A couple drifts into crime for a few laughs and some fast money, but before long they discover they've gotten in too deep. Georgia (Money Mazur) is a beautiful but unstable woman who claims to be under eighteen and still living at home, though it's hard to say if she's telling the truth. One night, while drinking with friends, she meets Paul (Carmine Giovinazzo), a janitor who intervenes when a drunk propositioning Georgia doesn't seem willing to take no for an answer. Paul and Georgia are both looking for kicks, but not in the usual manner; for fun and profit, Georgia teases men until they make their move, then turns her emotions 180 degrees and screams for help. Paul then comes into the picture, pretending to be the Knight In Shining Armor, and roughs the men up; he takes their wallets in the process, and Paul and Georgia split the money. This small-time con works well enough but gets old before long, and the pair plans a more elaborate scam involving an auto accident. Their target turns out to be a music business executive, Marshal (Vincent Ventresca), who sees through them almost immediately. He can tell, however, that they have a way with a con, and he hires them to work for his record label. Before long, drugs and booze are taking their toll on Paul, while Georgia balks at a blackmail scheme involving city officials who have blocked a building project Marshal is backing. The Learning Curve was the first feature from Eric Schwab, who worked as a second unit director on several films for Brian DePalma.
Rating:
R (for language, violence, some sexuality and drug content)
Genre:
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Cast

Monet Mazur
as Georgia
Carmine Giovinazzo
as Paul Cleveland
Tim Ransom
as Steven
Rod Roesser
as Norman
James Eckhouse
as Mr. Stevens
Stephen Burleigh
as Councilman Sherman
Jack Laufer
as Councilman Reynolds
Blake Dennis
as Hot Dog Server
Michael Horton
as Councilman Nolan
Phil Nee
as Businessman
Noeller Forbes
as Secretary
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Critic Reviews for The Learning Curve

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

Sets an intriguing low-key thriller into motion, then proceeds to resolve it in the most uninspired way possible.

October 29, 2001
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Top Critic

Oh, that script by Mr. Schwab! As Cajun comic Justin Wilson says, 'He doesn't miss one damn inch of that road.'

October 11, 2001
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

The Learning Curve may not offer anything new, but it has terrific vitality.

Full Review… | October 8, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Adds a layer of irony as the director makes one beginner's mistake after another -- revealing Schwab's own learning curve to be quite steep.

Full Review… | October 4, 2001
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

uncharacteristically ambitious aims for a film that otherwise looks like nothing more than cheap exploitation thriller

Full Review… | December 15, 2009
Draxblog Movie Reviews

Good, flashy visuals, but writer/ director Eric Schwab still has a long way to go in applying a strong story with characters that matter.

October 26, 2002
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for The Learning Curve

½

Saw it on the free channel & nothing else was on so I decided to check it out.Its worth watching at least once but probably not more even though it was better then I thought it would be

Brody Manson
Brody Manson

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½

Despite having only watched it for fun and not expecting too much, just to check out what Carmine was like before CSI, I actually found myself really enjoying the story and acting (although it does have dodgy moments). Its engaging and you'll need tissues at the end!

Angel Emery
Angel Emery

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