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How To Make Money Selling Drugs (2013)



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A shockingly candid examination of how a street dealer can rise to cartel lord with relative ease, How to Make Money Selling Drugs is an insider's guide to the violent but extremely lucrative drug industry. Told from the perspective of former drug dealers, and featuring interviews with rights advocates Russell Simmons, Susan Sarandon, and David Simon (creator of "The Wire"), the film gives you the lessons you need to start your own drug empire while exposing the corruption behind the "war on drugs." (c) Tribeca Filmsmore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Matthew Cooke
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 14, 2014
Box Office: $15.3k
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Critic Reviews for How To Make Money Selling Drugs

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (17)

A thoughtful, intelligent examination of the US war on drugs.

Full Review… | December 17, 2013
Time Out
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This zippy documentary by Matthew Cooke can't compare to Eugene Jarecki's tragic and masterful The House I Live In (2012).

Full Review… | July 11, 2013
Chicago Reader
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Highly entertaining and informative look at the war on drugs, offers a tongue-in-cheek manual of how to become a cartel leader. But it's not just a glib exercise & confronts the implications of a drug policy that many would agree is a disaster.

Full Review… | July 11, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Ultimately, the most frightening lesson the film teaches is just how dysfunctionally impervious to defeat the so-called war on drugs is ...

Full Review… | June 28, 2013
Globe and Mail
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It often works, despite in-your-face graphics that occasionally do the job of resembling cheesy sales pitches a little too well.

Full Review… | June 28, 2013
New York Post
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"How to Make Money" is full of useful insights from people who know the drug trade well, including reformed dealers, ex-international smugglers, former cops, pundits, lawyers and government insiders.

Full Review… | June 27, 2013
Seattle Times
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Audience Reviews for How To Make Money Selling Drugs

This clever documentary disguised as a well structured cross between a how-to video and an arcade game replete with Levels and Bonus Points, directed by Matthew Cooke, is giving us a real lecture without even noticing it - perfect way for the young kids who hate lecturing - to learn! One of the RT members wrote in August 2013 the following comment: "I am a bit short on cash, this could be useful..." Well, what if you could earn $50 per hour in an entry-level job with no degree requirements and plenty of flexibility? Sound tempting? What if that job was involving selling drugs?


This documentary rightly has its main focus on the "American war on drugs" through the eyes of the very people who sell them. You will notice one thing from the middle part - there is no decrease in that war of anything - like the "War on terror", everything is sky-rocketing: number of deaths, quantity of drugs, suffering, prisons, prisoners, destroyed families and money funds for the government! This daring film with its light-hearted style made itself approachable on every level and here we could hear interviews with people involved in this industry from the bottom to the top - even celebrities like 50 Cent, Eminem, Susan Sarandon, and Woody Harrelson. But, it was noticeable that the biggest player who is running the show didn't gave an interview, it was just mentioned through some of the agencies belonging to them - like CIA.


I still cannot believe that most of the people in the country bragging about freedom, populating about 5% of the world - IMPRISONS 25% OF ITS OWN PEOPLE! Most of them for drugs... and I am glad that the director Cooke choose to humanize those we often cast aside as criminals. Educating us while entertaining us, this skilful director makes us more comfortable to talk about the taboo subject. Cooke insists that "It's a war on people, waged particularly against minorities and the poor." Thanks for his efforts, we could understand our world better (and maybe, who is the real enemy).

Panta Oz

Super Reviewer

This should be required viewing for everyone in this country even though it is aimed at a younger audience. The synopsis is off and although it does start off with sometimes corny generalizations on the ease of such ventures, halfway through gets very real about how the drug war is effecting all of us.

Pretty interesting way to break down how drug peddling works and how/why the war on drugs is a failure. Some may look at the video game comparison to be immature, but I think it adds to the subject matter.

If I have 1 criticism its that it doesn't always sync up the stories of the people they follow. I got lost a few times with people's timelines, but overall they cover a lot of ground and it is easy to lose the trees from the forest.

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