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June 25, 2011
good subject but doesn't bring it for me. the rich are rich and poor are poor its sad but no solutions or new ideas really
½ June 17, 2011
Fair Tax Act is what we need & limiting contributions to campaigns, set max to $500/ person.
½ June 9, 2011
Not truly insightful. Interesting to peer into how wealthy individuals virtually have no clue how our economic system functions. Rich people like talking about stuff. The dont understand the system and cant talk about their money. Rich kids get to make films about rich people through a common connection.
May 28, 2011
The richest 1% of America's control 40% of the nation's wealth. That's equivalent to the bottom 90%. This fine little documentary explores what that means to us as a nation, and as a people. Grade: B+
½ May 21, 2011
Kudos to young rich kids like Jamie Johnson for coming forward and contributing to the cause of creating a more equitable society through media. It gives me hope to see younger generations are, at least, questioning the system, and in a way confronting it. This approach is definitely non-partisan and exposes capitalism in a simple understandable way. Greatly recommended!
May 8, 2011
An eye-opening peek inside the care-free attitudes adopted by the extremely wealthy, this film explains why the gap between the top-one percent and the poor and middle-class continues to expand. The film covers taxes, Friedman economics, Hurricane Katrina and more and if you really believe you are a part of this top-one percent then congratulations, according to Jamie Johnson(the heir to J&J and author of this documentary), your responsibilities lie in asking the hard questions like, "Did Reganomics 'trickle-down' theory really work?" and "If it did work then who really benefited from it?" Of course these questions open a litany of other questions concerning: morality, politics and religion --wait a second. Religion? It would seem that Americas early puritan roots still manages to rear its ugly head in the form of a wealthy deranged society attempting to justify their misuse of power, money and influence. Quite telling and poignant, Johnson interviews a number of wealthy individuals and contrasts their views with the struggling poor. One cannot help but walk away wondering: How does one of the richest countries in the world still continue to have 3rd world wages and living conditions? Because money and the fear of losing money trumps everything.
May 4, 2011
Well intentioned but short-sighted documentary about the wealthiest one percent of Americans, produced by a young heir to the Johnson (and Johnson Pharmaceutical) family fortune. Unfortunately, the filmmaker doesn't quite succeed in exploiting his insider status to produce anything more than an apologist trustafarian amateur film. Spotted with some interesting observations, but not the provocative expose it could be.
½ April 30, 2011
Jamie Johnson, who directs this movie is the heir to the J&J fortunes. With his monotone voiceover in this documentary, he does a pretty decent job in allowing the viewer to discern the facts about wealth inequalities. Socially thoughtful movie.
April 29, 2011
The documentary-maker has an uncanny reach as far as who he allowed to interview. You have a lot of wealthy people here who are voluntarily manifesting their anti-social creeds.
April 23, 2011
Jamie Johnson does a good job in outlining the growing disparty in wealth in the US.
April 21, 2011
Doesn't really offer anything we don't know about the rich, *spoiler* The rich are greedy, and they hoard their money. Wow, didn't know that! However it is interesting to see by whom the movie is made, the grandson of the founder of Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical company.
April 19, 2011
Written and directed by Jamie Johnson of the Johnson and Johnson Family, this documentary of the the disparity of wealth and social classes within the United States features some prominent people. Milton Friedman becomes agitated during his interview and kicks Johnson out of his office. Heirs to the Buffet and Oscar Meyer fortunes are actually living as normal people through there own meager earnings. I give this film an,"It's worth a look", rating. Not overly powerful, but informative.
April 9, 2011
The top one percent of Americans in terms of wealth, control 38% of the nation's wealth in 2001. - interesting, especially coming from a family member of Johnson and Johnson

Respect to Chuck Collins -
April 6, 2011
This film shows real ramifications to growing inequalities but the the personal angle of the filmmaker's family was a bit uncomfortable to watch. His parents actually come across as decent people but Milton Friedman comes across as an evil ideologue.
April 2, 2011
A must see from a unique reporter (Johnson & Johnson heir)
March 22, 2011
For a rich kid, inheritance of billions to make a movie like this? I should really give this a 5 star. This explores the reasons behind the gap of the rich and poor in America. And most importantly, the confusion between what the hell happened.
December 25, 2010
There's some good footage here about corporate welfare, rich people who are obsessed with money ($50 million is not enough), and how Warren Buffet disinherited his granddaughter for working with the filmmakers. They are way out of line in arguing for higher taxes. I stopped watching after the part where they use rich liberals to argue for the death tax.
October 16, 2010
Two impressions from this movie. First, was that the Jamie Johnson wrongly used his family to purge his own guilt from having wealth. Second, is that Milton Friedman cannot justify his own economic theory and is uses and is used by the wealthy to preserve his self centered belief.

Overall a weak movie by an amateur.
January 25, 2010
A gripping piece about wealth and it's role in the world. Jamie Johnson is the great-grandson of the Johnson & Johnson founder so he comes from an incredibly wealthy home, yet the purpose of the film is to examine the extreme gap between the extremely rich and the rest of the world. A bit dull and monotonous, but there are many famous economical figures that make cameos including: Bill Gates, Sr., Steve Forbes, Ralph Nader, etc. I also recall there's a part where Warren Buffet disowned his granddaughter for her participation in this movie, and the filmmaker's father was reprimanded by his family back in the 70's for making a documentary exposing wage violations in Africa and their family's company was one of those responsible. So it personalizes the story somewhat and makes you feel like maybe we're all not that different?
Super Reviewer
November 12, 2009
Economists + business men + movie idea = pure gold
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