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Maxed Out (2006)

Maxed Out: Hard Times, Easy Credit and the Era of Predatory Lenders (original title)
Unrated | | Documentary | 10 March 2006 (USA)
When Hurricane Katrina ravaged America's Gulf Coast, it laid bare an uncomfortable reality-America is not only far from the world's wealthiest nation; it is crumbling beneath a staggering ... See full summary »

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James D. Scurlock

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Beth Naef Beth Naef ... Self
Mike Hudson Mike Hudson ... Self
Louis C.K. ... Self
Catherine Brown Catherine Brown ... Self
John Brown John Brown ... Self
Robin Leach ... Self
Luke McCabe Luke McCabe ... Self
Dave Ramsey Dave Ramsey ... Self
Chris Barrett ... Self
Elizabeth Warren ... Self
Brandie Broersma Brandie Broersma ... Self
Will Broersma Will Broersma ... Self
Bud Hibbs Bud Hibbs ... Self
Janne O'Donnell Janne O'Donnell ... Self
Mark Mumma Mark Mumma ... Self
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When Hurricane Katrina ravaged America's Gulf Coast, it laid bare an uncomfortable reality-America is not only far from the world's wealthiest nation; it is crumbling beneath a staggering burden of individual and government debt. Maxed Out takes us on a journey deep inside the American debt-style, where everything seems okay as long as the minimum monthly payment arrives on time. Sure, most of us may have that sinking feeling that something isn't quite right, but we're told not to worry. After all, there's always more credit! Maxed Out shows how the modern financial industry really works, explains the true definition of "preferred customer" and tells us why the poor are getting poorer and the rich getting richer. By turns hilarious and profoundly disturbing, Maxed Out paints a picture of a national nightmare which is all too real for most of us. Written by James Scurlock

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Documentary

Certificate:

Unrated

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Dave Ramsey: We started with nothing, built up a portfolio of over four million dollars' worth of real estate by the time I was 26, lost it all. Because I was stupid. And so I've done stupid with zeroes on the end, I know what it looks like.
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References Girls Gone Wild: Dormroom Fantasies (2002) See more »

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Under Pressure
Written by David Bowie,Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor, John Deacon and Brian May
Performed by Queen with David Bowie
Courtesy of EMI Records UK, Hollywood Records, RZO Music
Published by EMI Music Publishing, Tintoretto-RZO Music Publishing
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Excellent-If you don't like it, it probably hits too close to home.
26 September 2008 | by VinceRoccaSee all my reviews

Excellent flick. I often felt that people were at fault for their own credit mess and to some extent, I still do.

This movie opened my eyes to how many of these credit giants prey on the uninformed and manage to make money through bankruptcies.

Someone charges $1000, makes a payment then goes delinquent. The late penalties cause that to become $3000, then after 180 days the bank writes that debt off and sells it at 50% to a debt collector for $1500. The bank still collects their principal, plus whatever payments the original person made, plus $500, plus takes a write off. It seems like a no brainer to hand money out like paper.

When a predator offers candy to a child, do we blame the child for taking the sweet bait? No, because the child didn't know better. So are these people at fault?


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Maxed Out: Our Credit See more »

Filming Locations:

Seven Hills, Necada, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,024, 11 March 2007

Gross USA:

$58,829

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$58,829
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Dolby Digital

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Color
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