How to Make It in America: Season 1 [Blu-ray]
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In the bohemian subculture of downtown NYC, two 20-something friends plot a series of entrepreneurial strategies to short-circuit the traditional route to success – and achieve the American Dream on their own terms. Bryan Greenberg (Prime, Bride Wars) and Victor Rasuk (Lords of Dogtown, "ER") star in an all-new HBO comedy series: How to Make It in America.]]>
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8 Audio Commentaries with Bryan Greenberg, Victor Rasuk, Lake Bell, Luis Guzman, Ian Edelman, Rob Weiss & Julian Farino Deleted Scenes
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Mild-mannered Ben Epstein (Bryan Greenberg) and his street-smart buddy Cam Calderon (Victor Rasuk) decide to start a denim clothing line called Crisp, but run into a bunch of problems -- they have little money, one investor, no business plan and a disastrous sample. Even as their dreams seem to crash and burn, they discover a new business road has just opened up -- if they can keep their hands on the merchandise.
In the meantime, Ben's ex-girlfriend Rachel (Lake Bell) has a wealthy new boyfriend named Darren, which might be good for her designing agency -- but bad for her personal life. And Cam's cousin Rene (Luis Guzmán), who has just gotten out of prison, is going legit with an energy drink called Rasta Monsta -- which is encountering the same sorts of problems as Crisp.
"How To Make It In America" is all about pursuing the American Dream in the 21st century: you need opportunity, street smarts, connections, and lots of hard work. It's not quite as brilliant as some of HBO's other shows, but it does have an endearing, gritty earnestness -- and it reminds you that for every successful business that takes off, there are dozens of failed ones.
Along the way, there are lots of dimly-lit New York nightclubs, shady street venders and warehouses piled high with vintage T-shirts.Read more ›
I think this show appeals to my generation because it's filled with people who have ambition and don't know HOW to do anything with it. On the flip side, we also have a lot of people trying to make it and scraping by. Also, the characters in the show are at the age where it's make it or break it. If this doesn't work, they'll have to sit behind a desk and hope they don't get fired from their 9 to 5 jobs. This, mixed with personal stories, and the charming edge of the Lower East Side setting really made me love the show. Wish there were more than two seasons.
All I can say is 'Wow'. I was a big fan of 'The Sopranos' until it ended. But "How to make it in america" has gotten me hooked more than the Sopranos ever did.
The cool thing about this show - for me - is that I can relate to it. The desperate search for *some* way to make it big, the tumbles the characters take, the questionable paths they take...
I'm told this show comes from the director of "Entourage". However, Entourage never appealed much to me - for the simple reason that it is all about Hollywood. But I live in the real world.
You can see similarities shared between the two shows. They both follow a small group of young guys, as they try to make it big. In Entourage, they make it in Hollywood; in "How to make it in America", they make it in the gritty neighborhoods of NYC.
This show is a must-see if (i) you've struggled for any length of time trying to make it big, (ii) you live in the city. It's a must-see otherwise too, but the impact will be greatest if you fall in these two categories.
I've been looking everywhere for this show. ITunes has nothing, HBO has almost nothing, YouTube has little, HBO rarely replays the first (and only) season. Things should get better when the second season comes out.
Just watch. This show WILL be bigger than the Sopranos.
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Very entertaining show details the struggles we all go thru "to be successful." Every time these guys think they have made it, another roadblock comes up. Read morePublished 6 days ago by David Bernhard
Love the characters and storyline. Oddly enough I think it's missing the sexual content that most HBO series havePublished 7 days ago by Elana
Very entertaining show with edgy believable characters and story line. I love watching the triumphs and challenges Ben and Cam face.Published 22 days ago by Amazon Customer