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Hot Coffee Reviews

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May 1, 2016
Those with the wealth make the rules.
April 29, 2016
A movie that'll make you want to burn down the US chamber of commerce lobbying group.
½ January 31, 2016
Interesting doc. Not really about hot coffee. Ha.

Beautifully shot. Great handling of archive footage.
Super Reviewer
December 18, 2015
This documentary about the case involving the woman who sued McDonalds after having hot coffee spill onto her lap is a fascinating look at how the truth is often warped to make a more compelling story or a joke. Very insightful.
October 21, 2015
Effective storytelling that stirs up one's sense of justice. Three main stories are presented. However, the third and final story has some holes and is a yet unverified case.
September 30, 2015
One of the most fascinating and enlightening documentaries out there. It opens your eyes on the misconceptions about cases, and what it reveals about corporate influences on the American legal system.
½ June 25, 2015
This documentary seems deliberately constructed to mislead the casual viewer, conflating areas of law and issues which are in fact wholly distinct. The overuse of arbitration agreements, for example, falls under an entirely different area of law than from seeing justice done in a rape case and from a tort case for 'hot coffee'.

The underpinning theme of the documentary, access to justice, is as noble as any. It's conclusions, on the other hand, are ill-founded and the result of rampant segwaying between issues without any pause for thought or justification.
February 13, 2015
Don't watch this documentary if you have high blood pressure. When you hear how big money has manipulated the legal system away from helping the individual, it will go through the damned roof.

This is on Netflix.
Super Reviewer
½ November 29, 2014
Quite informative and interesting. It shows plainly how the public has often been deceived into distrust of the judicial system and how politicians' "fixes" to the system have resulted in injustice to the populace.
November 26, 2014
HOT COFFEE (dir. Susan Saladoff) This is a documentary about the woman who spilled a cup of McDonald's coffee on her lap, filed a crazy lawsuit and made millions. "Jackpot Justice", "Frivolous Lawsuits", "Disappearing Doctors", we all know about this one, but have we been given the true facts? This brilliant documentary carefully and methodically shows how Big Business and the Republican Party manipulated this story, and others like it, in an attempt to block citizens from seeking redress in the courts. In order to have any impact in the legislative and executive branches of government you must have access to millions of dollars, and this gives the Super Rich an unbeatable edge. In the judicial branch of government, money is not a factor. A jury of twelve ordinary citizens make the decisions, and 'the job creators' and 'the one percenters' are legally prevented from using their unfair advantage of cash to orchestrate the results.

By the way, here's the facts on The McDonald's Case. In 1994 Stella Liebeck accidentally spilled hot coffee in her lap after purchasing it from a McDonald's restaurant and suffered third-degree burns in her pelvic region. Liebeck was hospitalized for eight days while she underwent skin grafting, followed by two years of medical treatment. Although McDonald's had over 700 other complaints concerning injuries due to coffee heated to over 190 degrees Fahrenheit, the company only offered Liebeck eight hundred dollars in compensation for her injury. In the end, both parties settled out of court for an undisclosed amount under $600,000. 'Greedy Victim' and 'Bleeding Heart Jury' are terms that certainly Do Not apply, but you wouldn't think so after listening to how Republicans were able to use this case to invent a bogus issue called, 'Tort Reform'. ABSOLUTE MUST SEE!!!!!!
½ November 15, 2014
A documentary every person should see
½ October 4, 2014
Informative and thought provoking. Showed me how I had been programmed to believe there are too many frivolous lawsuits, and how that belief benefits big business. It also educates viewers about the court system and challenges them to be aware of trends and their impact. Well done.
September 13, 2014
I can't believe that people made so much fun of this poor woman when she was really seriously hurt (2nd degree burns, turned her thighs black) and McDonald's had multiple prior complaints and was well aware of the problem; it was completely preventable. Spilled coffee shouldn't require hospitalization.
½ September 9, 2014
You think you know all about the "Suing McDonalds over hot coffee" case? Think again. This documentary is definitely worth a watch.
½ August 16, 2014
Everything about politics makes me hate everything about politics.
½ August 12, 2014
An eye-opening documentary on myths of frivolous lawsuits, and the changes brought about by these myths un the US legal system. A little boring, but ultimately satisfying to hear stories of those who are trying to beat tort reform and stand up for the little guy.
August 7, 2014
You think you know the whole story of the old lady suing Mcdonalds for the spilling of coffee, think again. This doc went places I was not expecting. Very interesting stuff.
July 13, 2014
Moving and eye opening, but a bit boring towards the end.
July 10, 2014
Because almost everyone has heard about the McDonald's coffee case, and most people believe they know what it's about, this project has a fascination for people. Of course, we go much further into the debate than just the McDonald's coffee case, but the case is a vehicle for people to think about their long held beliefs and whether they are valid. We think this movie has the potential, with the right funding and effort, to really change the way people think about our civil justice system and access to the courts.
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