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The intent of Waging a Living is to inspire outrage, and to an extent it succeeds.
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.
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.
One comes away not quite knowing what Weisberg wants to say with his occasional statistics laid over loosely edited, perfunctory video footage.
It makes it points subtly and intelligently.
Weisberg is nonjudgmental, allowing his subjects to deliver the message that, for far too many people, the American dream is more of a nightmare.
Powerfully done, alarming, and couldn't be more timely
While there are occasional glimpses of hope, this is an often depressing view of where the last decades of rising conservative power have taken us.
Director Roger Weisberg presents plenty of sobering statistics, but it's his ability to get honest, sometimes heartbreaking human stories onscreen that makes this compelling viewing.
Should be required viewing for every concerned citizen.
Provocative look at America's working poor, though some basic questions are strangely not addressed.
Weisberg, whose stripped-down style seems refreshing amid the current spate of super-produced docs, gives you what you want, if what you want are dismally deferred American Dreams and harsh economic realities. And you should.
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