The Learning Curve (2002) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Learning Curve (2002)




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A couple drifts into crime for a few laughs and some fast money, but before long they discover they've gotten in too deep. Georgia (Money Mazur) is a beautiful but unstable woman who claims to be under eighteen and still living at home, though it's hard to say if she's telling the truth. One night, while drinking with friends, she meets Paul (Carmine Giovinazzo), a janitor who intervenes when a drunk propositioning Georgia doesn't seem willing to take no for an answer. Paul and Georgia are both looking for kicks, but not in the usual manner; for fun and profit, Georgia teases men until they make their move, then turns her emotions 180 degrees and screams for help. Paul then comes into the picture, pretending to be the Knight In Shining Armor, and roughs the men up; he takes their wallets in the process, and Paul and Georgia split the money. This small-time con works well enough but gets old before long, and the pair plans a more elaborate scam involving an auto accident. Their target turns out to be a music business executive, Marshal (Vincent Ventresca), who sees through them almost immediately. He can tell, however, that they have a way with a con, and he hires them to work for his record label. Before long, drugs and booze are taking their toll on Paul, while Georgia balks at a blackmail scheme involving city officials who have blocked a building project Marshal is backing. The Learning Curve was the first feature from Eric Schwab, who worked as a second unit director on several films for Brian DePalma.


Monet Mazur
as Georgia
Carmine Giovinazzo
as Paul Cleveland
Tim Ransom
as Steven
James Eckhouse
as Mr. Stevens
Stephen Burleigh
as Councilman Sherman
Jack Laufer
as Councilman Reynolds
Michael Horton
as Councilman Nolan
Blake Dennis
as Hot Dog Server
Phil Nee
as Businessman
Noeller Forbes
as Secretary
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Critic Reviews for The Learning Curve

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

Sets an intriguing low-key thriller into motion, then proceeds to resolve it in the most uninspired way possible.

October 29, 2001

Oh, that script by Mr. Schwab! As Cajun comic Justin Wilson says, 'He doesn't miss one damn inch of that road.'

October 11, 2001

The Learning Curve may not offer anything new, but it has terrific vitality.

October 8, 2001 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Adds a layer of irony as the director makes one beginner's mistake after another -- revealing Schwab's own learning curve to be quite steep.

October 4, 2001 | Full Review…

uncharacteristically ambitious aims for a film that otherwise looks like nothing more than cheap exploitation thriller

December 15, 2009 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…

Good, flashy visuals, but writer/ director Eric Schwab still has a long way to go in applying a strong story with characters that matter.

October 26, 2002 | Rating: 56/100

Audience Reviews for The Learning Curve


Saw it on the free channel & nothing else was on so I decided to check it out.Its worth watching at least once but probably not more even though it was better then I thought it would be

Brody Manson
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