The movie touches on the American obsession with reaching the outdated American Dream of a big house, cars, nice clothes, and focusing more on materials and activities that make someone look good than actually enjoying life and spending quality time with loved ones.
It also highlights the blatant greed of our CEOs and the extreme rich that scream "socialism" and "communism" when asked to pay more in taxes. A quick rundown of the richest CEOS for 2010: at #1 with 102 million is UnitedHealth Group's, 66 million for Qwest's, and #10 is Verizon's at 37 million.
The most disturbing and unfair point that this list and the movie both make is the gross overpayment to these CEOs and the outrageous percentage more they make than the lowest paid worker that is part of their company. It makes me think of that show "Undercover Boss" but instead of just doing the jobs of the "grunts" how about if they had to try to live on their salaries for a month?
But John Wells' script doesn't just put the blame on the greedy rich; instead, he blames the middle class for spending beyond their means, having no savings, and not nurturing their lives outside of work enough. Some of the older men that got laid off should have known better and been more concerned with saving than spending and built a better life that they want to come home to and retire early for instead of giant homes void of love and strong relationships.
Definitely a poignant film worth watching, but beware: if you are spending above your means and are too concerned with keeping up with the Joneses', then you are in for a movie that will make you question where you are and where you are heading.