Maxed Out | Chicago Reader

Maxed Out

This muckraking documentary on America's personal-debt crisis lays bare the predatory practices of credit card companies and the Bush administration's cozy relationship with the financial services industry, contrasting them with the personal misery of people whose lives have been ruined by consumer debt. Director James Scurlock (not to be confused with Morgan Spurlock of Super Size Me fame) tends to let his consumers off the hook—you'd hardly guess that any of these people are responsible for their own financial woes. But his documentary also clearly connects the explosion in personal debt to the larger economic picture, arguing that the growing chasm between rich and poor in this country is being bridged by plastic. 87 min.

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