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The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest

3.7 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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Adam Garcia (Coyote Ugly) and Rosario Dawson (Men In Black II) star in this hilarious dot-comedy of errors about five social misfits who set out to make history - and wind up making millions! When burn-out marketing exec Andy Casper (Garcia) decides to "create something", he recruits an oddball trio dysfunctional geniuses to design the world's first $99 computer. The project proves hopeless until Andy sexy neighbor (Dawson) steps in to rekindle his creativity and add a few sparks of her own. Rich laughs and side-splitting gags, The First $20 Million proves anything is possible if you believe in yourself and your friends?no matter how strange they are!

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Based on Po Bronson's novel, the computer comedy The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest is a Revenge of the Nerds for the 2000s. Andy (Coyote Ugly's Adam Garcia) is a Silicon Valley marketing executive who decides to chuck it all--the money, the superficial girlfriend, etc.--for the chance to work at high-tech think tank La Honda. Head genius Francis (Just Shoot Me's Enrico Colantoni) doesn't like the looks of the slick new guy and challenges him to come up with a $99 laptop. To his amazement, Andy and his ragtag band of socially inept misfits (Ethan Suplee, Jake Busey, and Anjul Nigam) actually succeed, but then Francis tries to take all the credit--and the profits. If the Jon Favreau-adapted story is largely implausible, it's entertaining nonetheless, and Men in Black II's Rosario Dawson is charming as the free-spirited artist who inspires Andy and the gang. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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  • Actors: Adam Garcia, Rosario Dawson, Jake Busey, Enrico Colantoni, Ethan Suplee
  • Directors: Mick Jackson
  • Writers: Gary Tieche, Jon Favreau, Po Bronson
  • Producers: Harold Ramis, Kym Bye, Michele Imperato, Neil A. Machlis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: December 24, 2002
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006RCNZ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,903 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest" on IMDb

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Somewhat predictable but deserving better praise, THE FIRST 20 MILLION IS ALWAYS THE HARDEST works because we care about the characters in this movie and it is very funny and entertaining. This is due in part that it was co-written by Jon Favreau (SWINGERS) with a script that has some thought and wit behind it compared to many low-brow comedies. Also, it is exec-produced by Harold Ramis (ANIMAL HOUSE, CADDYSHACK, STRIPES, GHOSTBUSTERS). Andy (Adam Garcia--BOOTMEN)is very likable as the high tech ad exec who leaves a high profile job in Silicon Valley to join a research and development/think tank company. He hand picks a team of creative and intelligent (but socially inept) engineers to create a "99 dollar personal computer" only to discover that the the assignment was given to him only because the company needs a tax write-off. In other words, the company expects that it can't be done. Instead, they invent a computer that uses no monitor and keyboard, only interaction with hologram icons. The special effects are pretty good in these sequences. Then, the movie shifts gears with the predictable corporate takeover twists and turns as they find their invention taken from them. However, these sequences are intriguing as they are a topical (yet satirical) look at today's headlines of troubles in the high tech industry especially among the dot-com companies. Jake Busey (tv's - SHASTA MCNASTY) as Darrell once again plays one of his patented support characters as one of the misfit engineers, and Enrico Colantoni (tv's JUST SHOOT ME)plays the evil corporate executive,Francis Benoit, out to steal their invention and get the profits. Lastly, Rosario Dawson (PLUTO NASH) as Alisa plays the down-to-earth artist and love interest to Andy. Overall, a decent comedy with great casting, a plausible inventive high-tech concept, good production values and issues that reflect the real world.
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Though I never heard of this film when it first was released, I find it very entertaining and as hopeful as can be for a couple hours of entertainment. This film gives you the thought that you can rise from obscurity to the top of the heap!
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October Sky used to be my favorite film. With Tucker, The Man And His Dream" a close second. And it's still a close call. Why? Because "OS", "Tucker" and "The First $20 Mil" are the only films I've ever seen that are about MAKING something.

Think about it. There are so few decent business movies out there. Working Girl? Yes, it's good, but it's really about deal-making. The Secret Of My Success? Determination and risk-taking. Barbarians At The Gates? Deal-making with a little sales mixed in. Tommy Boy? Sales. Wall Street? Good film, but again it's about deal-making and speculation in the market, and, the ending is bad--it villifies business people. What else is there that isn't about blowing things up (James Bond), or stealing (Gone In 60 Seconds) or just killing everybody (The Godfather)? What else glorifies the entrepreneur and the productive genius? Not much.

I love October Sky. Four kids against all odds -- detractors and non-supportive families -- in a coal mining town, who learn math, rocket dynamics and some other skills... and they succeed big time! I love it because there are so few movies where people actually learn how to make something and win! And because of this success, they go on succeeding into their adult lives. But their production is partially based on theft (when each time they could have easily asked permission), and the overall tone is occasionally a bit dreary.

I love Tucker as well. For the same reasons. But in the end, while Preston and his guys design the greatest car ever built, he gives up. They only manage to produce 50--most of which are still on the road today. His start-up is based on B.S.--a lot of it. And Tucker's own philosophy, at least the movie's presentation of it toward the end, was laced with a smidge of altruism.
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Hilarious! I was entertained by all the great supporting cast members here - Rosario Dawson, Jake Busey, Enrico Colantonio! You find yourself rooting for these losers right from the very start! Not sure why this movie wasn't in theaters, you'll be seeing it on Comedy Central in five years! Some of the emotional connections in the movie weren't believable, but I guess that entertainment! I recommend this movie as a pick me up after any day at work!
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The movie comes as a bad suprise to me after reading the book. The movie is far from what the actual story is ( The First $20 Million is Always the Hardest: A Novel ).
While the book sounded like an articulate description of a typical Silicon Valley startup, the movie appeared like a Disneyland version of it. Far from reality and some strictly out of place comedy makes it a disappointing two hours experience.
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I can guess why this film didn't do well in theaters. It's designed like a chick flick, but the stars and main characters are all guys. Still, it's actually quite funny. A young marketing guru joins a tech startup and forms a team of geeks and dweebs in order to try to build a $99 laptop. What makes the film funny is how eccentric some of the characters are. I especially like Tiny, the overweight pervert. He just has some great timing. It's not the funniest plot ever, but it is entertaining.
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