The Learning Curve Movie Review

Surprisingly effective and well-made, this low-budget L.A.-gangster movie tells an interesting story and backs it up with credible performances from its leads.

The Learning Curve starts out sleepily enough, as new lovers Paul (Carmine Giovinazzo) and Georgia (Monet Mazur) look for a way to break out of permanent pennilessness by busting into a life as small-time hoods. Namely, they use Georgia's good looks to lure hapless men into compromising situations, then blackmail money out of them or simply beat them up for their wallets.

Too bad they pick the wrong target, a record exec/real estate mogul/big-time hood named Marshal (Vincent Ventresca), who decides not to kill the punks but instead put them on his payroll to do his dirty work by proxy. Georgia gets cold feet pretty quickly (and she's got a whole other thing going on in her personal life...), but Paul really takes to his new life as a thug. It's an interesting spin on a tired cliche (even though the ending is a bit weak), and an impressive feat for writer/director Eric Schwab. Recommended for those of you looking for something a little different.


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The Learning Curve Rating

" Good "

Rating: R, 2001

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