A Poor Kid's Guide to Success
All Genres: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Release Year: 2008
Director: Thomas Dagnino
Writing by: Michael Sidisin Jr. – writer
Produced by: Daniella Alonso – associate producer
Cristian Cruz – co-producer
Thomas Dagnino – producer
Yesodra Dagnino – associate producer
Kevin Manning – associate producer
Eric Mellgren – associate producer
Theodore Pick Jr. – associate producer
Michael Sidisin Jr. – executive producer
Michael Sidisin Jr. – producer
Cast: Monika P. Acevedo – BBQ Guest
Daniella Alonso – Nicole
Gary Barnes – BBQ Guest
Steve Berkowitz – Mailroom Trainee (as Steve Burke)
Joseph Burke – Jay Atmosphere
Jennifer Cambra – Receptionist
Cristian Cruz – Justin Wynn
Olivia d'Abo – Lisa Maerd
Thomas Dagnino – Tom Mastro
Yesodra Dagnino – Wedding Guest
Thomas Dewier – BBQ Guest
Music: Fran Banish Ted Hamer
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Plot Outline: Michael Maerd is leaving his past and moving to Beverly Hills, home to the rich, talented and successful. Sometimes to achieve a dream, you have to chase it until you lose control.
Plot: Michael Maerd, rough town Jersey raised, high school kick out — somehow left and made it to college, Florida State University, where he graduated with two degrees. This movie is about him leaving college and entering unknowingly into the movie business…working for one of the most powerful agencies in the world where he will hone skills he never knew he had. The struggle: To stay true to who he / where he's from and still make “it” — truly “A Poor Kid's Guide To Success”.
Movie Quotes: Maddie: We'll be up in the bleachers rooting for you. Knock 'em dead, Doll!
Crazy Credits: We know about 1 Crazy Credits. One of them reads:
The following film is edited from the home movies of serial killers Wayne & Andrea Montgomery. This footage is being presented in what is believed to be chronological order.
Goofs: We know about 1 goofs. Here comes one of them:
Plot holes: The idea that anyone might have been able to just walk up to one of the camps and simply dig a little hole under the fence and crawl in is absurd. This would mean that anyone might have escaped very easily anytime. The fences in the camps were dug down deep into the earth, and were electrified. Also, there were twenty-four hour armed guards watching the grounds very comprehensively at all times. Anyone getting anywhere near the fences would have been shot immediately.
Trivia: There are 3 entries in the trivia list – like these:
- First time writer/director Tom Skull was found by accident at a film festival by producer Belle Avery. Skull handed her his home movie from when he was 8 years old, which won the heart of Avery.
- Producer Nick Nunziata's car, a copper Chevrolet HHR was called in at the last minute to serve as Candy's (Julie Skon) in the film.
- SPOILER: Body Count: 11