Maxed Out

Directed By: James D. Scurlock

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This takes viewers on a journey deep inside the american style of debt, when things seem fine as long as the minimum monthly payment arrives on time. Shocking and incisive, this paints a picture of a national nightmare, which is all too real for most of us.


Studio Magnolia Pictures
SKU 204348205
UPC 876964000864
UPC 14 00876964000864
Format DVD
Release Date 10/1/2014
Rating NR
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Author and filmmaker James D. Scurlock takes on the powerful financial industry in an insightful and infuriating documentary about credit card debt in America. As he crisscrosses the United States, Scurlock interviews average Americans whose lives have been ruined by predatory financial lenders. His subjects are from all walks of life--everyone from retired widows in the Midwest, to poverty-stricken Southerners, to two college students who commit suicide due to their insurmountable bills. Scurlock exposes the extortionate rates of the credit card companies, and reveals their practice of preying upon the very people who are least likely to be able to pay their debts. His interviews with a Harvard law professor, debt collectors, and self-help "financial gurus" further expose the shocking corruption within the financial system and the toxic ties between the corporations and the United States government. ^The subject matter is gripping enough, but Scurlock ups the entertainment value with a pop-music soundtrack and by splicing in archival footage from educational films. MAXED OUT carries an urgent message for the future of America. Scurlock's battle cry is: grab the scissors and destroy your plastic--before it destroys you.
Entertainment Weekly "[The film] presents a more-accurate-than-not vision of a nation that is starting to look like a candidate for rehab, on both an individual and a national level, for its addiction to debt." -- Grade: B 03/23/2007 p.45
Box Office "[A]n eye-opening and disturbing excursion into that American minefield of credit and debt..." 04/01/2007 p.128
James D. Scurlock
Name Barrett,Chris
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Cast & Crew
Alexis Spraic - Editor
Chris Barrett - Featuring
James D. Scurlock - Director
James D. Scurlock - Writer
James D. Scurlock, et. al. - Producer
Jon Aaseng - Cinematographer
Luke McCabe - Featuring
Mark Mumma - Featuring
Robin Leach - Featuring
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2007
Catalog ID 10086
UPC 00876964000864
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 87 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English
ReviewSource Variety
Review Much like Oscar-nominated Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, James D. Scurlock's Maxed Out earns points for at least partly clarifying the daunting complexities of financial wheeler-dealings that might normally confuse even Wall Street insiders and biz-press commentators. Intelligent, informative and unusually entertaining docu errs only when it yanks too insistently on heartstrings while focusing on worst-case scenarios involving desperate debtors driven to suicide. Pic should generate interest on the fest circuit, and conceivably could connect with venturesome mainstream auds through theatrical and homevid exposure.
Reviewer Joe Leydon
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Los Angeles Times
Review ...while the premise of Maxed Out may not surprise, some of the details will. Scurlock connects the dots between major banks and their practices in targeting those most vulnerable -- college students, the elderly, the previously bankrupted -- and makes a compelling case that something needs to be done. Many of the stories depicted are tragic, and some are plain strange...For a film dealing with numbers, it's surprisingly nimble, balancing interviews with people who have been personally affected and financial experts, members of the finance industry and even a surprisingly sympathetic pawnbroker. Scurlock does well to counter the more dire aspects of the film with a razor-sharp sense of humor.
Reviewer Kevin Crust
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Widescreen, English, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Barrett,Chris
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post ...riveting, amusing, enlightening and emotionally affecting...
Box Office Magazine An eye-opening and disturbing excursion into that American minefield of credit and debt...
Gary Goldstein, Part American cautionary tale, part credit card industry expose...extremely powerful...
Ken Fox, TV Guide ...important viewing for any who owns a credit card without realizing that it's a wallet time bomb.
William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer Absorbing, scary documentary.

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