The Learning Curve
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The Learning Curve is a 2001 American thriller film about two Los Angeles nightclub scenesters who team up as con artists. It explores themes of ruthless ambition and its consequences. The film was directed by Eric Schwab, and stars Carmine Giovinazzo, Norbert Weisser, and Monet Mazur.


Paul Cleveland (Carmine Giovinazzo) fights off Georgia s (Monet Mazur) attacker. A strong bond develops between the two and the ambition of Cleveland begins to surface rapidly as he starts to participate in scams with Georgia to raise enough money to leave his job as a hospital orderly behind. When they try to scam Marshal (played by Vincent Ventresca) by staging a road accident using Georgia as a distracting female hitchhiker it seems that they have struck a very dangerous individual as he produces a gun and kidnaps them.

Marshal is head of a record company and controls a very large financial empire and he takes Paul and Georgia to his offices where he eventually makes them an offer and congratulates them for their enterprise. The ambitious Cleveland then offers his further services to Marshal in a similar way to Bud Fox approaching Gordon Gekko in the film Wall Street The similarities between Gordon Gekko and Marshal are apparent as he begins to reward Cleveland for tasks accomplished. The empty warehouse that he gives them for Georgia and Paul to freely decorate and furnish is a similarity. Paul soon begins to become obsessed with how much Marshal needs him and begins to neglect Georgia in preference to Marshal s lucrative offers. Georgia also begins to become disenchanted with their lifestyle and this becomes the theme for the rest of the film as her ethics begin to clash with Marshal s organization and Paul s trance like obedience to him.

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Year 1999
ReleaseDate 2001-09-25
RuntimeMins 113
RuntimeStr 1h 53min
Plot A pair of young amateur grifters in L.A. try to run a scam on a real pro. He owns a record label and has very ambitious aspirations. He ends up forcing them to do his dirty work and for awhile everything goes well.
Directors Eric Schwab
Writers Eric Schwab
Stars Carmine Giovinazzo, Norbert Weisser, Monet Mazur
Produced by Susan Bluestein,Oscar Delgado,Michael Hofstein,Ed Licht,Puntip Limrungroj,Margaret M. Quitter,Daarek Szeto,Carey Westberg
Music by Zoran Borisavljevic
Cinematography by Michael Hofstein
Film Editing by Adam C. Frank
Casting By Susan Bluestein
Production Design by Nya Patrinos
Art Direction by Chandra Telfer
Costume Design by Roger J. Forker
Makeup Department Sherilyn Segal,K. Troy Zestos
Production Management Ed Licht,Robin Winter
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Patricia Earnest,Ed Licht,Michael Melamed
Art Department James ‘Pat’ Satcher,Alan Estridge,Sandra O’Toole,Pat Satcher,Chandra Telfer
Sound Department John Brasher,Peter Brown,David V. Butler,Tim Chilton,Matthew T. Duncan,Paula Fairfield,Stephen Hunter Flick,Clifford ‘Kip’ Gynn,William Jacobs,Jerry Jordan,Ryan Juggler,Rick Owens,Scott Rusch,Donnie Saylor,Kevin Sorensen,Addison Teague,Evan T. Chen
Special Effects by Josh Hakian
Visual Effects by Travis Baumann
Stunts Jacob Chambers,Marian Green,Maria R. Kelly,Bob McGovern,Lee Smith,Lee Whittaker,Nancy Young
Camera and Electrical Department Douglas Aiken,Michael Alexonis,Lonn Bailey,Nate Barlow,John Bonfield,Clay Campbell,Marie Chao,Jamie Companeschi,Ray Dominguez,Roy C. Granada,Roy Grenada,Scott MacDonald,Matthew A. Petrosky,Roberto Schein,Robert D. Tomer,Rick Tullis,Richard Walden,Wade Whitley,Vernon Wynne
Casting Department Donna Asch,Stacey Pianko
Costume and Wardrobe Department Terri Middleton
Editorial Department Craig Galka,Margaret Liu,Adam Severin,Dava Whisenant
Location Management Deven Chierighino,Justin W. Hill,Gary Watt
Music Department Fernand Bos,Jay Duerr,Lisle Leete,Ted Lowe
Script and Continuity Department Kristine Kelly,Greg Kortz
Transportation Department George Hilton,Mike Storc,Stanley Storc
Additional Crew Kevin James Burns,Michael Donner,James Miklaszewski,Christian L. Rehr,Kei Rowan-Young,Benjamin Sacks,Alphonso Slater,Mike Tristano,Sharice Zulo
Genres Crime, Drama, Thriller
Companies Motion Picture Corporation of America (MPCA), O.C.E. Presentation
Countries USA
Languages English
ContentRating R
ImDbRating 5.1
ImDbRatingVotes 480
MetacriticRating 16
Keywords bare chested male,boxer shorts,fbi federal bureau of investigation,scam,drinking