Maxed Out: Hard Times, Easy Credit and the Era of Predatory Lenders

Maxed Out: Hard Times, Easy Credit and the Era of Predatory Lenders (2007)

Documentary about the evils of credit companies sheds some light on how they work and digs up some intelligent talking heads, but its storytelling is derivative, leaning too hard on the Michael Moore template. It feels a bit sloppy and one-sided. Some segments on irresponsible spending and its causes would have produced a more well-rounded film.

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2 Responses to Maxed Out: Hard Times, Easy Credit and the Era of Predatory Lenders

  1. Greg Mcd says:

    Haven’t seen this, and only heard of it briefly. So many documentaries today that could take a serious look at issues, try the Moore template.Honestly, I wish more people could represent both sides of an issue, open and honestly, where there could be real discussion and maybe solutions. Credit Card companies are not hero’s, but nobody is making people spend. So many of us are trying to live the life of the rich and famous when our paychecks are the hard working and middle / working class. Sadly, few are proud of hard work any more. We worship wealth and fame and sometimes do just about anything to have a piece of that life, including getting tens of thousands of dollars in debt and have nothing to show for it… wow.. how did that soapbox get under my feet again.

    MMM.. might have to stream this on netflix.. if I am bored. Thanks for the review Claude.

    • clauditorium says:

      It’s not a waste of time, I guess. To be clear, I think Moore has made some good movies (Roger & Me and Bowling For Columbine, particularly), but ever since he popularized documentaries, a lot of filmmakers are imitating him instead of finding their own style.

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