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Brother, Can You Spare a Dollar (2012)




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As the title suggests, Brother, Can You Spare a Dollar explores the socioeconomic realities of the Great Depression era and compares it to our current recession-ridden society. Through contemporary interviews and archival materials the film recreates the 1930's - a period when most people had low expectations regarding material comforts, but high expectations in terms of personal responsibility and community. We travel across the decades to site the growing influence of consumerism, technology, and mass media and illustrate how our higher standards of living were garnered at the expense of our sense of community, security and fellowship. We study the Occupy Movement and it's potential to transform the "Me" Generation, trace the development of the "virtual" society, and speculate on the future social impact of frivolous technologies. -- (C) Quad Cinema
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Ray Adell
as Ray Adell
Jerry Tucker
as Jerry Tucker
Vic Skolnick
as Vic Skolnick

Critic Reviews for Brother, Can You Spare a Dollar

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

A shoddy, slapdash look at issues raised by the Great Depression that neither gives an adequate overview nor manages to argue a coherent thesis.

Full Review… | August 17, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

The whole enterprise has a get-off-my-lawn feel; it tries to pass off whining and a rose-colored-glasses view of the past as insight.

Full Review… | August 16, 2012
New York Times
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A vague Occupy-ish indictment of the 1 percent and the collapse of community as a cultural foundation.

Full Review… | August 14, 2012
Village Voice
Top Critic

Brother, can you spare me the aggravating agit-propaganda?

Full Review… | August 21, 2012

A film in the spirit of Michael Moore's "Capitalism, a Love Story" but more attractive through its nod to the Occupy Movement rather than re-electing Obama, today's Herbert Hoover.

Full Review… | August 20, 2012

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