Get Smart with Money – a film to help you make better financial choices. 

September 6, 2022
Romey Norton 1
Film Reviews, Netflix, Streaming Service
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Summary

A strong, informative documentary film that’ll make you wish you had been taught this in school. While this concerns U.S cases, there are still tips and tricks on how to build better shopping habits, and they will make you more financially aware.

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Summary

A strong, informative documentary film that’ll make you wish you had been taught this in school. While this concerns U.S cases, there are still tips and tricks on how to build better shopping habits, and they will make you more financially aware.

The Netflix documentary film Get Smart with Money was released on September 6, 2022.

Money makes the world go round and influences every aspect of our lives, it’s the reason we work, manipulates and forces our choices from which house we can buy to which schools we can attend and send our children to. So it is laughable how we’re not fully prepared on how to use and spend it properly. This is something we all should be taught in school. We’re all assumed to know how to do our taxes, understand VAT and tax, and the importance of our credit score, as well as how to save, how to be savvy and how to not get yourself into mountains of debt. This is something we are in charge of, which is both a good thing and a bad thing; we can either build ourselves up financially or ruin ourselves.

In this lifestyle documentary film, financial experts will be sharing their top tips on spending less and saving more, helping people who come from all different backgrounds in the U.S with their money worries and issues. They not only teach you how to work and understand money, they teach you how to shift your focus, and change your lifestyle. This isn’t a one-time solution, but many little things you can implement into giving yourself more financial freedom.

With a runtime of one hour and thirty three minutes, Get Smart with Money addresses individual cases with down to earth tips on how to save and invest. The experts are very agreeable, easy to watch and listen to. It’s very clear that they want to bring positivity and financial wholeness to people’s lives. Their ethos of “make more” and “save more” is all to help you feel free and have more time for your personal well being.

The clients/people who need help are honest, vulnerable and brave for letting us into their financial situations. I did expect more sob stories and hardships, with a huge turn around, and only really got a small glimpse into how these choices will help them in the future. This isn’t a bad thing, these situations felt very relatable, and I’m sure many viewers will be able to empathize and learn from these stories. The clients range from young hospitality workers, dreaming of being self-employed, families living pay-check to pay-check, to ex-professional sports stars, who spent millions, and ended up with almost nothing. Showing us that everyone, no matter how much or little money you have, needs help with their spending.

What is interesting is the little statistics thrown in throughout, such as 1 in 5 Americans can’t afford health care, 44% of U.S households lost income during Covid, and how your spending choices can affect your daily life.

I really enjoyed this feel-good documentary film. It’s interesting to see how people who are struggling or clueless can be helped and hopefully have a positive influential spin on a better future. This whole documentary film is about informing, building knowledge, building confidence and helping people understand their financial situation and how to improve that. It made me want to watch and listen to Martin Lewis, the UK’s money expert, who is always helping with financial issues and sends you emails with the latest bargains. As this series is more aimed at U.S audiences, there are still hints and tips you can take away and adapt and implement in your own life. Even if it means doing some research.

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You can watch this documentary with a subscription to Netflix.