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Generation Wealth

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6.61 h 46 min2018X-RayUHDR
Lauren Greenfield’s postcard from the edge of the American Empire captures a portrait of a materialistic, image-obsessed culture.  Simultaneously personal journey and historical essay, the film bears witness to the global boom–bust economy, the corrupted American Dream, and the human costs of late stage capitalism, narcissism, and greed. 
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Lauren Greenfield
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Frank EversLauren GreenfieldWallis Annenberg
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Amazon Studios
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TwilightBuddhaReviewed in the United States on November 2, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
Tell Me Something I Didn't Know
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No insights here. Just exploitative displays of soulless achievement culture, from ghastly porn to the filmmaker's own parents (gee, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree there) and, devastatingly, the filmaker's own son. Her mother made the totally shocking observation, for instance, that the filmmaker had been born at the 10th percentile in height and the 90th percentile in weight. Mom labeled her fat AT BIRTH!!! But Mom holds herself out as a great academic, feminist trailblazer who basically left the family to pursue her career. Dad is not a lot better. How many times can one man announce that he went to Harvard? (And and guess who did too?) Particularly cringeworthy is the moment the filmmaker's son Noah calls to announce his perfect score on the ACT. Her feeble attempt to out herself as an achievement "addict" comes off as nothing more than a humble brag, particularly when grandma and ma both agree that the son is the most driven of them all. (Guess who else is clearly on his way to Harvard! Harvard! Harvard! ) Egads. This family! A gross disappointment to finally see there is no "there" there with this filmmaker who, despite having spent a career examining her apparent insecurities on film--insecurities and skewed values instilled not just by her parents but by her feelings of exclusion from her fancy private school where fellow students were movie stars kids. (Who in the hell sends their kid to a place like that and then wonders why her classmates won't visit the daughter in Venice? What is wrong with these people??) By the end, the filmmaker has clearly not risen above the fray in her own life. She might not crave cold, hard cash as those in the film clearly do, but she craves private schools and Harvard and perfect scores. My own daughter plans to apply for Harvard, but after watching this, I think I'll encourage a good state college. I'm not impressed by one of Harvard's own. She clearly hasn't learned a thing.
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Only OriginalsReviewed in the United States on October 20, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
Less about wealth and more about the porn industry
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This film rambled and I couldn't discern that it was about anything. Its primary focus seemed to be women lured by money into the porn industry, and the depravity that porn "stars" are subjected to. It made me sad to think that one human being could treat another so horribly. Definitely not for mixed company. Keep the kids far, far away. There is one image in the film that made me feel as though I had just witnessed a rape. Wish I had never seen it and, frankly, I don't know how anyone could have stood by and filmed it. This movie is not about the affects of wealth, but more about how people abuse or neglect one another and then rationalize their actions (or inactions).
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SamuelReviewed in the United States on October 21, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Not what I was expecting, different direction than the trailer implies
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I found this movie to be a significant departure from the premise presented in the trailer. From watching the trailer I was under the impression that this movie would feature the 1% or the 0.1% and how their lifestyles have evolved over the past several decades. However that is not what this movie is about. This movie is about people who have become addicted to various vices and as a result have experienced significant losses either financially, physically, or mentally. The director also admits she is obsessed with documenting stories of dysfunctional people and their fallout. I think the people presented in this movie are outliers and not really representative of the nouveau riche.
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Deb HutchinsonReviewed in the United States on February 2, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Don't read the reviews
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Almost didn't watch this because of the scathing reviews. Methinks a lot of those reviewers fall firmly on the down side of this documentary so don't get the point of the content. Heck, many of the people interviewed didn't get the point. I do. I've been watching us become a consumer driven society since Regan and it terrifies me. I'm going to give it another watch as there were quite a few great points made by experts who's names I need to google. 5 stars.
214 people found this helpful
Renee DrakeReviewed in the United States on November 12, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Generation Wealth - A Cautionary Tale for Our Children
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The most important thing for me about this amazing film by Lauren Greenfield is that it will make you question the pervasive global consumerism that is a part of all of our lives and will continue to affect our children going forward. Although you might argue that these are extreme examples, the reality is that we are all living in a money/brand/beauty driven culture that is dangerously amplified by social media. Can money buy love? Does unbridled ambition/monetary success reward you with true happiness? Is the risk in the endless search for physical beauty worth the reward? Have we allowed our dreams to turn into obsession? Greenfield doesn't just rubberneck here, she puts her own drive for personal success under the microscope, acknowledging that her own ambition has come at a personal cost to her family. The footage in this film at times is both shocking and touching. It is not a film for children to see but an excellent film for parents who care about teaching their children about what really matters in life. If you watch it and recognize the value in this film as a cautionary tale for our children then it was well worth your price of admission. Bravo Lauren! Looking forward to seeing more of your films!
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GuyinUSAReviewed in the United States on October 17, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
Not what I expected
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The preview led me astray for this movie. It was somewhat informative but the movie needs to be edited to remove the portions covering the self-gratifying director. I don't know why she had to include so much of the movie showing her in the process of reviewing photos and having conversations with her family. It seems like half of the movie was an autobiography of the director with the intention of telling the world what a wonderful workaholic she is. Overall I was very disappointed in this movie. The take home message was that money can't buy you love. Like we didn't know that already. Don't watch.
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lacquerdaysaintReviewed in the United States on November 7, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Self-indulgent. Not insightful.
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Really not a fan of this. Basically the filmmaker's ode to herself.
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Jay NovaReviewed in the United States on November 29, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Beautifully constructed documentary
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A great peek into the pursuit of happiness through the vapid accumulation of wealth. There is, however, a periodic narration threaded throughout the production that blames capitalism for the emptiness that we witness. The truth is people are generally empty and one of the worst things that can happen is to achieve wealth only to find out that money doesn't take the emptiness away. It has little to do with the means by which that wealth was acquired. Capitalism is only a tool; the way people use that tool is a description of themselves not a description of the tool.
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