by Deepak Gupta
If you haven't yet seen Maxed Out, the terrific new documentary about consumer credit and debt issues by director James Scurlock, now's your chance. Tonight, Maxed Out opens in select theaters in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Washington DC, Seattle, and Austin. A second batch of cities, including Chicago, Boston, and Minneapolis, gets added next week.
I've previously blogged about the movie here. As I've already discussed, the coalition Americans for Fairness in Lending is using the movie to help frame an exciting new public policy campaign; the group organized a special screening on Capitol Hill and a forum discussion accompanied by the movie in New York earlier this week. You can get lots of details, including theater locations, reviews, and information about the companion book, at the movie's website.
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UPDATE: Today's Washington Post ran a very favorable review of the movie by Ann Hornaday. She concludes that this "is a film all high school seniors should see. And their parents. And their siblings, neighbors, best friends and acquaintances. You should see it, too. And spread the word."