Response to Broke
March 13, 2014
Broke is a film that looks at the sudden boom in the wages of athletes and the impact that overnight going from minimum wage to a multi-million dollar contract can have. On one hand it is a film that sort of needs us to feel sorry for young men who are given wealth beyond the grasp of the vast majority of us but on the other hand it is a serious subject that does need someone to deal with it. As the film observes, often it is people from lower-income backgrounds who have little background in managing larger sums of ...view middle of the document...
The film starts out with a good collection of talking heads discussing the spending, the views, and the habits of some athletes when it comes to money and as this is discussed there are details and real examples to back up these experiences. Problem is – throughout the film it is presented in a very lively and upbeat way; this makes it more accessible as a film but at the same time it undermines itself as a documentary. This isn't helped by many of those who are contributing cannot help but enjoy relating their stories of excess and fun – so while they appear to be making the point of "don't do what I did", their smiles and spark in their eyes seem to suggest that they would live that high-life again in a split second if they got the chance. Some are worse than others but the majority are like this and it is hard to take the film seriously when the contributors come over like they are telling stories about the time they got drunk – full of remorse about the hangover the next morning but gleefully telling the story to anyone who will listen.
It is still an interesting subject though and, although the film could have done a lot more, there is still quite a bit of value in here. It falls short of the mark by some way but it is worth a look because it does have pace and entertainment value even if it should have had much more to say than it ultimately does.