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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

I.O.U.S.A.

Q: What’s the movie about?

A: This documentary tells the story of how we accumulated our gigantic National Debt, and how its increasing severity could bring the American Empire to an end.

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: David Walker, Warren Buffet, Robert Rubin, Robert Bixby, Alan Greenspan, Paul Volcker... For those of you who don't have an MBA, these are all financial experts, most of whom have worked at the highest levels of government.

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: PhotobucketGo! Because you need to know... Even though it will give you a panic attack.

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: There is a funny clip from a Saturday Night Live advertisement for a book that teaches you how to stay out of debt. It's called, "Don't Buy Stuff You Can't Afford."

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: Obviously.

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: It was shortlisted today for the Academy Awards.

Q: How is the Acting?

A: It's refreshing to see government officials speaking so candidly about bad news. And by "refreshing" I mean, "Please go back to lying to me."

Q: How is the Directing?

A: Sometimes there are too many graphs and charts on the screen at once, and you're not sure where your eye is supposed to go... I suppose there is a lot to explain, in not very much time, but trying to make us think you're smart by confusing us with visual aids is not playing fair.

Q: How is the story/script?

A: This film does a nice job of putting all this complicated mumbo-jumbo into terms anyone with an 8th Grade education can understand.

Q: Is there anything else worth mentioning about the movie?

A: It may be a tough one to find, but it's worth tracking down on Netflix or PBS if it's not playing at a theater near you.

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3 comments:

Farzan said...

hmm.. sounds very interesting. In a time like this, this movie could be the one we all should see

Monique Elisabeth said...

That's exactly what I'm trying to say. Everyone should see this. Cuz it's complicated stuff to understand, but this movie breaks it down in terms that anyone can follow. It's a scary situation, but we can't do anything to fix it so long as we're living in ignorance.

Reel Popcorn Junkie said...

Comparison made between America and fall of Roman empire are chilling to hear. This documentary should be seen by many Americans.