Jan 10, 2013

Movie Review: Craigslist Joe

Most of us have used Craigslist. Maybe you just looked around, maybe you found a job off of it, or maybe you found a crazy man willing to sell you a bag of apples if you paint his garage. If you don't know about Craigslist, it can be summed up by saying that it's a place people go to post their needs, wants, or services.

Craigslist Joe is an indie documentary about a guy named Joe that lives off of Craigslist for 31 days.

Joe wants to know if technology has turned our lives to "You never go outside and talk to people!" You know, what grandparents across the world have been saying for the past decade. Joe packs himself a backpack with a cell phone, laptop, and toothbrush. He doesn't have any money, credit cards, and isn't allowed to talk to anyone he already knows. He's only allowed to eat, sleep, or be entertained by a free break-dance lesson by using Craigslist. His cameraman is also someone he found off craigslist, but he never mentions how this guy lives, and never gets his input on anything. So there is some mystery on how Craigslist Joe's cameraman is surviving.
In about an hour and thirty minute, Craigslist Joe ends up going from L.A. to New York to L.A. in 31 days. He meets a lot of interesting people and does a lot of interesting things. I felt like some of the people were in the movie for too long, and maybe some of the people were too high, but for the most part the movie went at steady pace.

Final Say: Craigslist Joe is a good film. It kept some people on screen for too long, and I would have liked to know more of the cameraman's opinions on things, but besides that, I thought it was a fun adventure that shows anything is possible with the internet. It's not a movie you'll want to own, but a movie you'll want to rent. Craigslist Joe is available on Netflix Instant Watch, and available to rent on Amazon.com.

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