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The five winners profiled provide a diverse cross section of America. There is a Vietnamese immigrant trying to build a better life, a content middle class couple, a destitute loner, a successful academician, and (this one is hard to describe, but I'll be nice) a working class guy who made good as a local hero. Each story has its highs and lows. Most approached the windfall with a fair amount of caution as they were thrust into the national spotlight--this group represents winning at $5.5 million, $16 million, two $22 millions, and $110 million. The film juxtaposes the winners shortly after taking home the jackpot with footage from a year later, and it's interesting to see the differences! Many helped altruistic causes with part of their money. But some of the more dramatic consequences include an alienation of friendships, divorce, a barrage of investment seekers, and even an assassination plot or two!Read more ›
Would I watch again? - Most likely no.
Their circumstances change when he wins lottery. Except that the lottery ticket in question is not really his... Before long, the two are married, only to realize that each one of them has a secret that may destroy their marriage. This is interesting black comedy with very unusual ending. It is a story of obsessive love, bond of loyalty and sometimes unusual ways some people can attain their happines...
This was a superb documentary, I thought. Perfect "casting," great editing, no moralizing. It improves the longer in we get, and the last 30 minutes close the circle.
Virtually none of us will win the lottery. I'd be happy to never try, except that my dear wife is convinced that she will win one day because she's a good person and will use the money to help others. Ah, if only it worked like that.
But all of us use money, or have money use us. That's what this wonderful film is really about. That, and people. If you find people interesting, you'll find this film fascinating.
The film I watched came from the public library. I'm buying my own copy from Amazon right after I post this review.
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This movie was filmed in my home town and I watched some of the filming. My review is obviously partial.Published 16 months ago by Hawks Mania
another very good movie, an all star cast, priced right, would recommend.Published 18 months ago by Tim oshea
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The band in the party scene rocks!!!!!! Where can I get a copy of their music? Is it on iTunes?Published 23 months ago by bandman2004
This is a slightly long-winded and vacillating documentary of real life lottery winners.
It is okay except that it is a bit boring. Read more
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