Pay 2 Play

Main Plot Points:
  • PAY 2 PLAY follows filmmaker John Ennis’ quest to find a way out from under the Pay 2 Play System, where Politicians reward their donors with even larger sums from the public treasury — through contracts, tax cuts, and deregulation.
  • Along the way, he journeys through high drama on the Ohio campaign trail, uncovers the secret history of the game Monopoly, and explores the underworld of L.A. street art on a humorous odyssey that reveals how much of a difference one person can make.
  • PAY 2 PLAY: Democracy’s High Stakes is the layman’s guidebook to taking back our democracy.

What We Thought:

  • John Ennis opens this powerful documentary in the first 8 minutes to absolutely suck you into the growing Plutocracy that our representative democracy is becoming.
  • Noam Chomsky and Jack Abramoff (notorious convicted lobbyist) are amongst the big name interviewees in this documentary and it helps give Pay 2 Play some credibility.
  • Ennis compares this cut-throat practice of paying lobbyists to get laws passed that are advantageous for their interests to America’s love of the game of Monopoly.
  • It’s no secret that the Citizens United Supreme Court case has blown open the ability of special interests to contribute to campaigns and elected officials and Pay 2 Play does a great job in explaining how this court case was tried and decided.
  • Political Science majors would be fascinated by this documentary, and it’s not partisan in the sense that it does not see things as “left” or “right” leaning, it distinguishes the current political system of “insiders” and “outsiders.”
  • All in all, the message of this documentary/film is pretty overwhelming. It’s even at times a bit daunting to think about our system like this.
  • But, Pay 2 Play tries to present a silver lining about the growing awareness of this issue amongst the public and with a few simple ideas that could change the tide.

Special Features:

  • Extra scenes
  • Trailer

Notable Cast & Crew:

  • Noam Chomsky
  • Jack Abramoff
  • John Nichols

Recommended if You Like:

  • Political documentary

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