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How to Make It in America - Season 1 (HBO) [Blu-ray]  [Region Free]
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How to Make It in America follows two enterprising twentysomethings as they hustle their way through New York City, determined to achieve their version of the American Dream. Trying to make a name for themselves in the city's competitive fashion scene, Ben Epstein and his friend and business partner Cam Calderon use their street knowledge and connections to make their way up. With the help of their well-connected friend Domingo and Cam's cousin Rene, who has ambitions of his own--a new high-energy drink called Rasta-Monsta--the burgeoning entrepeneurs set out to make it big.
HBO's hip, smart series How to Make It in America is a snapshot of the beating heart of young ambition and energy in New York City. Youth may flail--and even fail--but good ideas and smarts and an "angle" just might pay off in the City That Never Sleeps. The ensemble cast is terrific, including Bryan Greenberg, Victor Rasuk, Lake Bell, Shannyn Sossamon, Kid Cudi, and the always-hilarious Luis Guzmán. Some are layabouts, some are craven with ambition, some are artistes, some are thugs--and some are all of the above. Much like Entourage does, How to Make It in America follows a group of friends and acquaintances through their daily lives, and sometimes feels as aimless as real life really is. But the writing and direction and acting are all first-rate, and anyone who's ever visited New York, or lived there, or dreamed of living there, will be captivated by the realism. The reality of New York is both romanticized and taken at harsh face value--such a vivid portrait, in fact, that the city feels like another character in the ensemble. And it's true that as a metaphor where dreams are created--or dashed--New York is unparalleled. How to Make It in America works as a comedy, a drama, and a character study that completely draws in the viewer--even if the characters aren't always likable. TV doesn't really get any better than this. And remember--if you can "Make It" here, you can make it anywhere. --A.T. HurleySee all Product description
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Whilst I would not say its as good as Entourage its main story lines do hold attention (although the side story line of Rasta Monster is not greatly written tbh), the main characters do their thing well and as a whole it generally works.
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.
I'm a big fan of the the NY vibe and this show kind of represents a snapshot of it's time...(still think London has the edge over NY though!)
Anyways the acting is great. Love the short episodes. I don't know anything about the fashion industry but after watching the series I know a little more!
The 2 main actors Victor and Bryan (hey!) are very easy on the eye!!! (Victor has the edge though!)
In 2018 I'm really stumped as to why there was no Season 3 and beyond?? The storyline had so many possibilities...7 years later any chance?
Would easily recommend you all get both seasons and watch it!
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