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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
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
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
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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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