MAKE IT OR BREAK IT How To Make It In America isn't full of laughs, but it has charm, our reviewer says. The show features (from left) Victor Rasuk, Scott "Kid Cudi" Mescudi, Margarita Levieva, and Bryan Greenberg.
With a strong assist from Luis Guzman as Cam's loan-shark cousin, Make It doesn't have a lotta laughs, but it's got charm and a feel for the atmosphere of downtown art galleries, parties, and business hustling. Producers include Entourage's Mark Wahlberg and Rob Weiss, but the show is no rip-off. Ben is scruffy and melancholy, but not a whiner. Many of us can relate when a former professor (guest star Griffin Dunne) tells Ben he's got promise ''but your follow-through wasn't there.''
Like other new HBO efforts such as Hung and Bored to Death, it takes a few episodes for this series to find its rhythm. A lot of movies and TV shows have tried to depict the post-slacker generation with energy; How to Make It in America may be one that succeeds.