Directed by: Patrick Creadon

Written by: Patrick Creadon, Christine O'Malley

Main Interviewees: David Walker, Robert Bixby, Warren Buffet, Ron Paul, Alan Greenspan, 

What's It Rated?: PG for some thematic elements

Genre: Documentary, Economics, Government

Synopsis: I.O.U.S.A. examines the rapidly growing national debt and its consequences for the United States and its citizens. As the Baby Boomer generation prepares to retire, will there even be any Social Security benefits left to collect? Burdened with an ever-expanding government and military, increased international competition, overextended entitlement programs, and debts to foreign countries that are becoming impossible to honor, America must mend its spendthrift ways or face an economic disaster of epic proportions. 

My Take: EXCELLENT! Finally a professional, well made documentary that highlights the problems in the government that NOBODY IS RECOGNIZING!!! The Trade Deficit, the National Debt, the demise of Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare are well presented in an easy to understand format that anybody and get fairly quickly! I highly recommend this film for everyone in the entire country to watch. 

'Nuf said.

PS, It did feel a tad long the second time a watched it, but that's a small price to pay for the message it presents. 

Story: 6 out of 10

Humor: (Not really applicable, but some interviews with the public can be a little humorous)

Action/Suspense: N/A

Overall: 10 out of 10 (A MUST SEE!)

-Graydon L


SamuelY said...

Hey, thought you'd like it!

Just as an interesting clarifying question:

How much did the presence of Ron Paul in the documentary affect your rating of the film?

Would you say that he was the central part of the film, a large part of the film, or simply a small contributing element?

Graydon L said...

He had a relatively small part compared to David Walker and Robert Bixby.

Obviously I like Ron Paul, but he really didn't affect things much. He really played such a small part in this film by only explaining inflation and touching a little bit on debt.

btw, I did my homework and found out that I have rated some films at 10 out of 10. One was even 11 out of 10 :-)

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