Maxed Out: Hard Times, Easy Credit and the Era of Predatory Lenders

2006, Documentary, 1h 30m

48 Reviews 50,000+ Ratings

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Maxed Out's presentation of startling facts and candid interviews put a human face on the issue of debt and financial insecurity. Read critic reviews

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Filmmaker James D. Scurlock examines the outrageous practices that consumer-lending and credit-card companies use to rack up huge profits while bleeding customers dry. Interviews include a woman declared dead by the credit bureaus and two Minneapolis entrepreneurs who use debtors' personal information to humiliate them into paying up.

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  • Sep 10, 2012
    A decent effort but just feels like random interviews thrown together without exploring how people get to this point.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer
  • Nov 26, 2011
    Donna and I are re-watching this five years after we first saw it. It's still highly relevant today and is a excellent teaching documentary on avoiding the predatory claws of credit cards and learning how the country has been victimized by the banks
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Oct 01, 2011
    A prophetic punch in the face to the credit card system that came years before someone (Obama) stepped in and changed the rules. I loved this movie for its leanness. Its message was obvious: credit card companies prey on least fortunate of all. The film didn't need multiiple viewpoints or balance, it just presented the facts. Staggering, you have to watch this. It's on par with Michael Moore's best work.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Feb 14, 2009
    Depressing doc that helps explain some of America's massive debt problems.
    Wu C Super Reviewer

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