Paramount // 2005 // 85 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Brett Cullum // December 13th, 2005
A PBS special aimed squarely at "Generation Broke"...
If you're at all like me, talking about money matters is uncomfortable. My father is a broker, and he handles clients who make millions. I have access to a man who builds wealth, plans estates, and knows how to use money to make more money. Do I ever talk to him about financial matters? Not just no, but hell no. I carry a significant amount of credit card debt, and I live in an apartment. Every month I have to plan and strategize what bills I am going to pay, and how much I can leverage to bring my debt down. All this on a job that pays me okay, but really doesn't give me enough to live lavishly. Where can I turn to for help?
Suze Orman is a financial icon. I have many friends who watch her cable show religiously. She has an Oprah personality, doling out advice on fiscal matters while claiming she cares more about people than their money. She is smart, and extremely no-nonsense when she advises people how to handle finances. Suze Orman for the Young, Fabulous, and Broke is a great introduction to her, and offers some sound advice for people between twenty and forty looking for some strategies to implement on a basic level. What separates Suze Orman for the Young, Fabulous, and Broke from her standard advice on her popular cable television show is the strategies are maximized for beginners. It includes actually using credit cards, and amassing a certain amount of debt to invest in yourself. It's slightly different than what she usually says. Of course this is an 85-minute special which aired on PBS. It is simple, and really only serves as an introduction to her philosophies. You will find her books fleshed out with more intricate advice, but this is interesting stuff for people who haven't a clue about where to begin.
As a DVD the presentation is solid. The colors are fine, the show is in full screen, and the sound is a simple, clear stereo. There is nothing really extra, except for about 17 minutes that were edited out of the show when it aired on PBS. One rather niggling matter is how the sponsors, like Lending Tree, are splattered everywhere on the opening and closing of each segment, and their logo is on the back cover.
Suze Orman won't solve all of your problems in this show, but she will give you something to think about. For those of us who are clueless and baffled by what to do with fiscal matters she's great motivation. I would encourage anyone who is interested in bettering their financial situation to check this disc out. Suze is entertaining, warm, sensible, and a lot easier to talk to than my father.
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Scales of Justice
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 85 Minutes
Release Year: 2005
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Edited Footage
* Official Site