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it pays off though! schein manages to salvage the film with interesting, intimate shots. you walk away realizing "nobody's perfect", that we are all struggling with ourselves, our ideals, our way of living.
the film gets blasted for not being THE eco-primer on sustainable living. well, it ain't. and the truth is, it's a better film for it.
you wanna learn how to recycle, be green? there's tons of info out there, find it.
seeing a man, his family struggle with their conscious, that's a way more interesting story.
I would have liked to see:
- Background on his project plan and how he drafted it
- How he researched and why he chose the methods he chose
- Real answers behind addressing toilet paper, dirty diapers, etc. and I'm not asking this out of perverse fascination. I'm asking it out of sincere interest on how to live without these things.
- I loved Mayer, the gardener's, humor and wisdom
- I enjoyed seeing their solution to laundry
- I liked the information around cleaning products but wanted more info on how to do this myself
- It was nice to see a child be part of this project. I have one and a little one on the way; so it's nice to know it's "doable" with babies
- Didn't care about his numerous talks with national tv shows or his soapbox moments; the point seemed to be overblown
- Because there was so much lack of information and supporting facts he came off as extremely amateur and somewhat ignorant. I can see why some reviewers were annoyed
- His defensiveness around people wanting to know HOW he got by without toilet paper, etc.
My comments about other reviews:
- I feel the criticism behind the question," was he really low impact?" to be essentially irrelevant. That title, "Low impact man" is for publicity. This film is really about simplifying a lifestyle and doing what you can to reduce eco impact.
- Some people were confused by his choice to go vegetarian.Read more ›
But you know, I admire someone _trying_ to do what they can. And following through publicly when you know darn well their friends, family and colleagues think they're nuts. Colin took alot of flack, much like some reviewers are giving about this DVD, that he's only out for publicity. His wife works for Business Week and he's a published author already, so who knows?
But he kept going despite the strong critics and he's still behind his idea today. No one can maintain promoting an idea for publicity over the long haul. It's too hard. Colin not only maintains it, he's more passionate than ever. In the end, he's spearheaded a movement.
The most interesting part of this film is the way we see Colin and his wife, Michelle, interacting. It's a real inside look at a marriage relationship where an outside idea totally throws your life in chaos. What would you do if your spouse came home and says we're going to do this (fill in outlandish idea)? Seeing how they work through the changes and the attention was fascinating. I enjoyed seeing them converse and negotiate a pretty tricky situation that would've put a big rift in another relationship.
I love--much like I love a homemade rustic apple pie--that it's not a perfect set-up and they aren't perfect people. It's encouraging to those of us firmly entrenched in "normal" American consumption to see that maybe there's an alternative, if we tried.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Inspiring and Motivating. Wasn't my first time watching but so good, I wanted to watch it again.Published 1 month ago by Mega
Colin has become a major inspiration and motivator in my life. I've changed my lifestyle and brought the No Impact Challenge to my college campus along with inspiring my friends... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This documentary definitely had a positive impact on my life to help me reduce my "impact" on the world around me along with the book of the same title No Impact Man: The... Read morePublished 3 months ago by intentionallywandering dot com
It was both an intimate story of a marriage and an interesting look at the issues.Published 7 months ago by Vertov
It's a good movie with a good message I suppose, but a little too far out., like they took it to the most extreme place. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Well done and REAL. Not trying to kid anyone, what they are trying to do is hard. The point is that you try, and you work at it, and you find the things that you can do to make a... Read morePublished 10 months ago by BC
An interesting concept poorly executed. Beavan is self-absorbed. This is a documenary that purports to offfer lessons in living with low environmental impact, but after watching it... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Priscilla