Fixing the Future: A Special Theatrical Event Movie Reviews

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  • 5
    This is a thinking person's movie. If you're looking for escapist entertainment or political propaganda then this is not the movie for you. This is a movie that is about the American people who want to reclaim their way of life. It's told through part news style information and part interviews with regular, every day Americans who want to find a new way to protect their financial futures and job security and to reinvest in their most precious natural resource: themselves. A lot of people will watch this and think that maybe the movie is trying to say that capitalism has failed...and you know what? Maybe it has. Maybe it's time for us to come up with a new economic model that doesn't lead to the richest 1% taking advantage of the other 99%. Maybe it's time to consider that there has to be a better way to do things than the model that led to the economic meltdown in 2008. I'm not saying that this movie says these things, but it does make you wonder if maybe it's time to come up with newer, better, and more fair ideas. Definitely gets you thinking, which is why I said this is a thinking person's movie.
  • 3
    This is a good movie, no doubt about that, but it feels like watching a combination of a history movie and a movie about the apocalypse. It shows how some people are tried of sitting around and waiting for the Congress or White House to do anything about the jobs crisis so they decide that if their government doesn't have their best interests in mind then they sure as heck aren't going to wait for them (and why should they??). It's a really fascinating look at how some people have a can-do attitude that is both amazing and inspiring. I wish that the movie was longer because there's so much I didn't get to see that I wanted to. I'm sure it all ended up on the editing room floor but it's nice to see a movie about real people who look out for each other. I think that if people really did think of their neighbors as their own and as part of their community then there would be a lot less stress on all of us. The narrator really does a good job and the interviews are brief but powerful.
  • 4
    I always like it when my kids are exposed to something besides popcorn superhero movies and cartoon sequels, but I literally had to drag them to this one! They were definitely not in the mood to learn or to be enlightened, to say the least, but that didn't keep them from enjoying this movie or from learning. They did ask a lot of questions - actually, a TON of questions, now that I think about it - on the way home, which I wasn't prepared to answer, I must admit. They wanted to know all about how the economy works, how banks make money, and how the government creates and counts jobs. I admit even I didn't know the answer to a lot of these questions, but I am glad that the movie got them thinking about something other than how 'hot' Mila Kunis is. And on top of that, I think they just might start watching long form news programs and doc**entaries that aren't stories about farting heroes or babes in bikinis...well, a mom can hope, can't she?
  • 3
    This movie had some interesting moments but on the whole I would have just waited to see it in school or on tv where I am sure it will be playing nonstop. It's a doc**entary with a lot of footage of the economic collapse of 2008 and an update on how some parts of the country have tried new things to turn things around for people that have been out of work for months or even years. I like the idea of the movie, I just wish there was more showing and doing and less talking. It's like that old saying that talk is cheap. How can we know if something is going to work unless we see it? I think the movie does have good ideas about how to get the economy working again, which will be really important for me in a few years when I join the work force. They say that people with college degrees have half the unemployment of people without them, so I think it makes sense to stay in school as long as possible, at least according to this movie.
  • 4
    I had expected this movie to be like watching a PBS special on TV - after all, it is hosted by the NOW and PBS correspondent David Brancaccio. Thankfully, the movie is more interesting than a public doc**entary. It isn't like the movies by Michael Moore which are overtly political and anti establishment (especially anti Republican establishment) but it is still of the left/liberal bent. Most of what the movie advocates or shows as working is communities taking matters into their own hands and establishing their own business and commerce facilities that run on good faith and that aren't set up to make a profit. This is definitely not an homage to Citibank or Bain Capital, let's put it that way. It's a great movie to watch with people who think that capitalism is the best and only way, since it shows that a lot of our old ideas won't work in the new global economy. People should be open to what will work when old ideas have failed.
  • 5
    This movie made me happy (or relieved) and sad (or furious). It's about how communities all across America are not only marshalling their resourced but are taking the creative tack and doing what our boneheaded politicians either cannot or will not do: make jobs by putting people first instead of serving as the puppets of corporations. I don't know how people can look at the state of the economy and how we got here and think that we can just keep doing what we've done all along and expect things to get better. I especially like the way the people in the movie take control of their own destinies by working together and thinking of each other's well-being instead of just their own. They create their own banks and unions to protect their community members' interests, which leads to a real change in the way people live and the quality of their lives. I hope this is required vieweing, every community in the nation can benefit from this movie. A hundred stars!

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