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The China Hustle

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Investors lose billions in 21st-century fraud; language.

Movie R 2018 82 minutes
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Award-winning filmmaker Jed Rothstein's film works as both a cautionary tale and as a compelling study of ineptitude, wishful thinking, and greed among folks in the U.S. investment community. In the time of the 24-hour new cycle, the internet, and the explosion of pundits pontificating in sound bites, movies like The China Hustle still have a singular way of holding an audience's attention for an hour or more to delve deeply into an important and timely issue.

Rothstein shocks us, teaches us, and keeps us rooting for the few men who had the courage and desire to speak out even when no one would listen. It's almost fitting that those brave souls figured out a way to make a profit amid the chaos. At the end of the film, with an eye on making it personal, Rothstein interviews victims of the scam: older couples, middle-class, hard-working folks. Where was or is the oversight?

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