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How To Make It In America [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)

Bryan Greenberg , Victor Rasuk , Danny Leiner , Jonathan Levine    Blu-ray
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4.0 out of 5 stars The secret is to get rich slow Aug. 25 2011
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Starting your own business is risky, painful and full of stumbles. And that's what How To Make It In America is all about -- a clever little dramedy about three different businesses that are trying to get off the ground, and the highs and lows they encounter along the way. It's a little quirky, gritty, and riddled with romantic problems.

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. The writing is fun and often clever ("Edie, do you know where I can find some X?
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4.0 out of 5 stars "The secret is not to get rich quick -- the secret is to get rich slow." Oct. 11 2010
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Starting your own business is risky, painful and full of stumbles. And that's what How To Make It In America is all about -- a clever little dramedy about three different businesses that are trying to get off the ground, and the highs and lows they encounter along the way. It's a little quirky, gritty, and riddled with romantic problems.

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. The writing is fun and often clever ("Edie, do you know where I can find some X?" "Top drawer on the left"), and the writers balance out drama and low-key comedy with an expert hand.

The one downside: it feels a bit unfocused at times, with side-plots about a crazy skateboarder and Ben's new girlfriend. They don't really add anything to the main plot.

Greenberg and Rasuk are a strong pair of Odd-Coupley leads: Ben is a pleasant, mild-mannered young man who's been disappointed over and over, and Cam is a fiercely ambitious, optimistic young man who pounces on every chance for success.

Bell does a pretty good job as Rachel, but she honestly doesn't get to do very much for the first five episodes or so -- but her about-faces in the last few are great. Guzman is compelling as an ex-con valiantly trying to run a legit business, and Shannyn Sossamon is wildly underused as quirky trust-fund art-dealer Gingy Wu.

"How to Make It In America" is a gritty, sleek little show that might blossom into something more. All it needs is a little more oomph and a bit of the fat trimmed off.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing July 1 2011
By T. Soares - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I didn't even know this show existed until HBO re-ran the entire series a few months ago.

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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MASTERPIECE Jan. 18 2011
By LONROY - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
MASTERPIECE (AS MOST HBO SERIES ARE). The series as well as the product itself are awesome. 5 Stars!!! You should buy this product and enjoy this great series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish this was still on TV! March 8 2013
By F. Zawaydeh - Published on Amazon.com
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HBO made a mistake when it didn't sign on for season 3. I love this show. Honestly, the only reason I started watching is because I'm a big Victor Rasuk fan (he's very under rated). And once I started watching I just could not stop. The first season really draws you in. As the viewer, I really wanted these guys to make it. One guy being laid back and anxious and the other being an all-or-nothing type personality really balances the show. These are the people you want to see win it. They are young, ambitious, broke and using their skills and personality to push forward and BE SOMETHING.

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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this show! Nov. 28 2012
By Cali shoe for wedding - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The best show since Entourage and Sex in the City. I can't say enough about the great acting and filming but I am extremely dissapointed that this show was cancelled, it's been the biggest upset of the year for me.
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