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1 hr. 30 min.

Plot Summary
Filmmaker James D. Scurlock examines the outrageous practices that consumer-lending and credit-card companies use to rack up huge profits while bleeding customers dry. Interviews include a woman declared dead by the credit bureaus and two Minneapolis entrepreneurs who use debtors' personal information to humiliate them into paying up.


Director: James D. Scurlock

Genres: Documentary

Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

Maxed Out (2006)

Release Date: March 10th, 2006|1 hr. 30 min.

critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 50
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    While the documentary does a credible job of pointing out the magnitude of the problem, it skirts the issue of what can be done about it and by whom. show more

  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Scurlock's documentary serves up cautionary tales of epic abuse, though the overall tone is faux cheerful and sometimes genuinely entertaining. show more

  • 63
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Scurlock barely acknowledges the logical reality of any credit card transaction: If you choose to buy something, you will have to pay for it eventually. show more

  • May 22, 2008 thecadean
    Report This User

    This is a must watch video for everyone that has ever had a credit card. It simply sums up the American economy and how its final dance with destiny will be played out. As an issuer of campus cards and a VP on Wall St for 25 years I see many very sobering facts in this movie. No one will want to confront the growing crises, especially the government, before it's too late. Can you say Credit Crises 2007. If you don't think this can happen in the good old USA, just check the history books of 1929, and the worlds 2nd largest economy, Japan, 1993-current. Markets and economies never crash from a low. They get over exstended and quietly wilt away.....Watch Maxed Out

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