Critic Reviews for POV
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.
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.
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.
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