I.O.U.S.A. (2008)

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Critic Consensus: A potent and lithely constructed documentary about America's financial crisis, I.O.U.S.A grabs you with figures but holds you with irreverent wit.


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"I.O.U.S.A." examines the rapidly growing national debt and its consequences for the United States and its citizens. As the Baby Boomer generation prepares to retire, will there even be any Social Security benefits left to collect? Burdened with an ever-expanding government and military, increased international competition, overextended entitlement programs, and debts to foreign countries that are becoming impossible to honor, America must mend its spendthrift ways or face an economic disaster … More

Rating: PG (for some thematic elements)
Genre: Documentary , Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Christine O'Malley , Patrick Creadon , Addison Wiggin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 7, 2009
Box Office: $0.6M
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for I.O.U.S.A.

All Critics (64) | Top Critics (22)

This solid doc reminds us how unsustainable the current American economy is.

Full Review… | November 14, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

A movie that should be seen by everyone.

Full Review… | October 31, 2008
Detroit News
Top Critic

You will not likely forget the Jeremiad it presents about how the United States has been living on borrowed money -- and borrowed time -- for decades and now is presenting the bill for our extravagance to our grandchildren.

Full Review… | October 30, 2008
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Bottom line: The party's over. There's no such thing as a free lunch. America itself may be a bubble.

Full Review… | August 15, 2011
East Bay Express

If more people had watched this film, they might still have their houses.

Full Review… | March 9, 2011
sbs.com.au

Well made, informative and genuinely terrifying documentary, in which the use of humour can't quite diminish the spectre of doom and gloom.

Full Review… | January 14, 2010
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Audience Reviews for I.O.U.S.A.

A very in depth documentary that breaks down America's economic problem into layman's terms and emphasizes just how big this problem is. The true horror of the situation is that the idiot leaders of the most powerful nation in the world have still not been able to foresee this problem and are not doing anything about it. One thing I know the filmmakers don't want to see is their prediction come true, and hopefully, the right people see this film.

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Edward Boxler

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We're screwed. I like how people in the government spend our tax money on $450 tatoos, $20,000 Hawaiian vacations, and Girls Gone Wild videos. The sad thing is this film was made in 2007, talking about how bad Bush made the economy, and how the next President will hopefully make it better. How depressing...

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Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

½

This documentary is very good at breaking things down for the layman who knows our economy is broken--but doesn't understand the specifics.

I knew that we were in a bad state, but never knew how bad things really were. This movie shows you a lot of numbers, figures, graphs and pie charts--as well as plenty of interview footage with some of the most prominent experts and people directly involved. It is shocking to see the staggering figures on the screen and learn that things are still not over.

Of course--it's not all doom and gloom. There is ultimately hope for a fix in the bleeding treasury. And, as the movie points out, it's up to the individual citizen to curb our own selfish spending and elect leader who will act.

Many may be put off by the presentation (which is more facts than it is entertainment) but this is a documentary that every American citizen should watch before going on shopping sprees at Neiman-Marcus.

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Rico Zamora

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