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September 02, 2007

Maxed Out - 6

This is a documentary about debt and the economy of credit cards in America. This should be required viewing for anyone graduating high school and about to enter the world of being responsible for one's own finances. The film is a typical documentary, trying to keep the writer/director James Scurlock out of the story while individuals tell there experiences about debt, as well as interview with collector's and government hearings on finance from banks and credit card companies. The film does a good job of educating the audience about how credit and money work in America's consumer society. It also points out the increasing pressures of credit card companies to encourage debt for their own advantage- while missing the longer term picture of a possible economic collapse.

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