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Boom Bust Boom

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Monty Python alum explains financial crisis, with puppets.

Movie NR 2016 74 minutes
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Boom Bust Boom is probably the most entertaining documentary about economics that's come out in a while. Jones' outrage and sense of the absurd blend well as he paints a picture of the excess and greed that nearly destroyed the global banking system. It's certainly a topic that, as broken down in this entertaining film, tweens and teens will understand, though at times it does feel like some of the ideas may have been oversimplified.

The film gets more interesting in the second half, when Jones and his deep bench of brainiacs explain how the 2008 crisis was just like many, many other bubbles over the past several centuries. Yes, it starts with the Dutch tulip mania that's well-trod and familiar, but then it moves onto other less-famous examples of economic excess. The result makes it clear that 2008 wasn't an isolated event -- it was the latest in a long line of financial crises. Here's hoping we can avoid more in the future.

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