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Compelling, and sometimes heartbreaking, "Waging a Living" chronicles the frustrating lives of four low-wage earners over three years. Included: a nursing assistant who supports three children as well as the kids of her oldest daughter, who has thyroid cancer; a security guard with $10 in his savings account; a waitress going through a divorce; and a child-care supervisor whose increased job earnings result in a drop in her standard of living as her government assistance is decreased.


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  • The intent of Waging a Living is to inspire outrage, and to an extent it succeeds.

    Jan 6, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Doing the math in hopes of gaining on the American Dream is becoming less like arithmetic and more like some advanced course in magical calculus.

    Jan 6, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Through sensitive, in-depth profiles of four workers, Weisberg drives home the point that hard-working men and women with full-time jobs find themselves and their families trapped in a seemingly endless cycle of poverty.

    Nov 10, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • One comes away not quite knowing what Weisberg wants to say with his occasional statistics laid over loosely edited, perfunctory video footage.

    Nov 10, 2005 | Full Review…
  • It makes it points subtly and intelligently.

    Aug 18, 2005
  • Weisberg is nonjudgmental, allowing his subjects to deliver the message that, for far too many people, the American dream is more of a nightmare.

    Jun 22, 2005 | Rating: 3/4

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