POV (2005)



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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.
Documentary , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for POV

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (8)

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

Full Review… | January 6, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

January 6, 2006
Denver Post
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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.

Full Review… | November 10, 2005
Los Angeles Times
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One comes away not quite knowing what Weisberg wants to say with his occasional statistics laid over loosely edited, perfunctory video footage.

Full Review… | November 10, 2005
L.A. Weekly
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It makes it points subtly and intelligently.

August 17, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
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Weisberg is nonjudgmental, allowing his subjects to deliver the message that, for far too many people, the American dream is more of a nightmare.

June 22, 2005
New York Post
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Audience Reviews for POV

Waging a Living follows four people who fall into the category "working poor". This movie is about the struggle of average Americans trying to make a living while supporting a family. Some of these stories are quite sad. But it is typical. Read the book Nickel and Dimed. It tells the whole story. It is nearly impossible for a person to start at the bottom and make it on their own these days. The poor will always be poor. It wasn't the best documentary I have seen recently. It was good though. I have experienced these stories my whole life. This movie was nothing new to me. It is worth checking out though.

mike dudley
mike dudley

Wow... I'm the only person on all of Flixster that has seen this... crazy. Solid documentary about low wage workers. Further proof that the "American Dream" as it was once portrayed is quickly dying. Solid rental.

Shawn Palmquist
Shawn Palmquist

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