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We've all heard the urban legend of the panhandler hopping in his nice car and making his way to a comfortable home after a day of begging on the freeway off-ramp. Comedian Keith Lowell Jensen decided to find out just how hard it really is to make money holding up a cardboard sign. With his sights set on the easy life Jensen spent countless hours employing every gimmick imaginable in an attempt to make his fortune. Trying everything from panhandling dressed like a giant banana, as a mime, a regular homeless person and even Uncle Sam, Jensen tried every trick in the book. Can you really make a good living begging? Is anyone doing it? Find out when you watch this enlightening, poignant and hilarious new documentary from Apprehensive Films.

This documentary doesn't just cover Jensen s own personal trials trying to make it on the streets, but interviews real panhandlers, homeless people, the police and even your average citizen. Find out first hand what it s like to beg for money to make a day's wage. See what average panhandlers have to deal with on a day to day basis. Learn how people deal with the realities of living off of someone else's change and see where the money goes.

Special Features Include: Interview With Director Keith Lowell Jensen, Theatrical Trailer, TV Spot, Internet Promos and Deleted Scenes.


"Why Lie? I Need a Drink emerges as an amusing portrait of panhandlers..." --San Francisco Chronicle

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  • Actors: Keith Lowell Jensen
  • Directors: Keith Lowell Jensen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Apprehensive Films
  • DVD Release Date: November 16, 2010
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0040GMPJE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,799 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mike S on November 18, 2010
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Oops, left out a comma in the title. I really enjoyed this whole movie. It was both funny and very touching. I have seen Keith Lowell Jensen perform stand up comedy so I was expecting a very funny film which it turned out to have a lot of funny spots but then it turned out to be so much more than just a funny look at panhandling.
Keith not only tries his hand at panhandling in different ways but he also shows reactions of the people being panhandled with reactions of kindness to hatred. He also interviews law enforcement on how they try to manage the situations.
The part of the film that touched me the most were the interviews with the homeless that panhandle to get money to eat and or feed their drug and alcohol addictions. The film showed that a lot of the panhandlers are down on their luck, have made poor decisions and are going to have a very hard time of getting off the street.
I like how the filmmakers gave an honest look at the problem and didn't seem to have a hidden agenda. I think before watching this film I had a harder view on the panhandlers and how they got that way but came away with more of a sadness for their situation and the tough life they lead and the almost hopelessness of getting off the streets.
It seems like the homeless and just like the rest of society where some are good people and some are bad. You just can't stereotype the whole group.
This film will be remembered for a very long time and the thoughts and emotions that it stirred in me.
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0 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Paul Bunyan on March 7, 2011
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This was someone I hoped to support since he's from the same hometown but I just can't support the hack. Just wanting to prevent others from wasting their time and money. Don Geronimo is a great comedian if you'd like to find an alternative.
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Been waiting for this forever! Woo hoo!
Yay! I'm going to the DVD release screening at The Crest Theatre, Sacramento Ca on November 4th. You should go too!
Sep 22, 2010 by Bryna R Lovig |  See all 3 posts
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