Reviewed byRon Smolin (email@example.com)Vote: 8/10/10
Boy, the reviews of this film are terrible, but I think it was a funmovie,with clever characterizations and satire. Okay, it's not a top-notch film,but come on, it's a blast to watch, and does not deserve such evilcommentsthat have been made. I think Adam Garcia keeps the movie running smoothlywith an amiable personality. Farce is a tough nut to make, so I guesspeoplecan't handle some of the silliness. But this film is not as bad as manyareled to believe.
Reviewed byfedthoVote: 6/10/10
As *Ron Smolin* points out in his comment (July 17th, 2003), this isn'ta movie that's going to change your views on the universe. It's prettyDisney formatted: good wins versus evil; the handsome & smart hero getsthe handsome & smart girl; even fat people and small people andforeigners and geeks can get a beautiful, SLIM girl (of course, not theother way around); and making money's OK, if it lands in the pockets ofthe heroes). All those imperatives are there like on a menu for themovie that won't hurt anybody's principles...
That said, there are moments to be enjoyed, some nice ideas in theproduction design, even a little self irony (rather shy, but you canspot it if you pay attention...). The actors, especially the"geek-team" and most other supporting roles, really do a very good job(they actually helped me get over the too perfect, too tasteless "Andy"character, played by the otherwise very capable Adam Garcia).
It's really like a movie for early teens that can entertain grown-upsas well - and doesn't pretend to be anything else.
Perfectly OK for harmless entertainment. And for that little dreamydelight we can experience when we manage to forget that, most of thetime, the world is a much more cruel and complex place than it is inthis movie...
Reviewed by (firstname.lastname@example.org)Vote: 6/10/10
It starts out feeling a lot like Revenge of the Nerds. Thestereotypical marketer type and a lot of stereotypical nerds.
It improved, I thought. It's actually a longer than expected movie fora light genre movie. That gives them time for more characterdevelopment, and a slower plot progression, which I was OK with.
What's to like - Andy is very likable. Maybe too nice a guy in someways, but I was OK with that too. Every now and again, the leadcharacter does not have to have one of those seemingly obligatorymoments where he acts like a total jerk.
The technology was not totally unbelievable. It was plausible enoughthat I was able to accept it, in any case. For $99, maybe not, but hey,it's a movie, you have to have some suspension of disbelief.
The "bad guy" was almost too much of a jerk. I would have preferredthey dialed him back just a bit - he felt like one of the perennial badguys you have in a cartoon.
A lot of the supporting cast was pretty decent and funny.
While the plot did not break new ground, there were enough uniqueelements to hold my interest.
Mainly, I think the character interaction was what made itentertaining. While the dialog was not amazing or anything, I felt thecast did a fine job of delivering the dialog, and imbued the movie witha sense of fun.
I gave it a 6 out of 10; it was cute, and entertaining, and not totallyinsulting to my intelligence.
Andy, a successful marketing guy quits his job, because he feels disconnected with the values about work he learned from his father. He gets a new job at a top notch research facility, where he quickly makes a powerful enemy who makes him volunteer for a nearly impossible project: The $99 Personal Computer. He recruits the only available guys at the lab, three sociopaths. Together they really compile a revolutionary PC for $99, but then they become the victims of a venture capitalist and Andy's old foe from the research lab. Can he and his new friends find a way to overcome the problems?