Capsule Review: "Startup.com"

by Eric Melin on May 11, 2001

in Print Reviews

The real-life events depicted in this fascinating documentary about the rapid rise of dot-com businesses are infinitely more entertaining than 70% of the stories being told in Hollywood today. The filmmakers were able to get real and candid footage of two twentysomething friends– a self-centered, egotistical overacheiver and a down-to-earth single father– who begin a venture to raise millions of dollars and start a huge business based on helping people pay parking tickets with less hassle! How absurd is that?

Friendships crumble, relationships get destroyed, and one of these young businessmen even slips President Clinton a business card! And it’s all real. The events depicted are very recent as well, with the filming still taking place earlier this year. “Startup.com” will mean different things to different people. The subject matter may or may not be relevant to your life, but the humanity on display here is undeniable and sometimes uncomfortable. To me, it is simply a modern morality tale.

Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of Scene-Stealers.com and writes the Screen Stealers column for The Pitch. He’s President of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls and Ultimate Fakebook. He is also Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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