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The House I Live In

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Eugene Jarecki

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About the Movie

For over 40 years, the War on Drugs has accounted for 45 million arrests, cost over $1 Trillion, has made America the world's largest jailer and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. Yet, drugs are cheaper, purer and more available today than ever. Where did we go wrong and what is the path toward healing? Brought to you by award-winning filmmaker Eugene Jarecki and executive producers Brad Pitt, John Legend, Russell Simmons and Danny Glover, The House I Live In examines the effects of drug laws on everyone from the dealer and the grieving mother to the jailer and the federal judge inside America’s longest war. A FilmBuff Presentation.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 62
  • Fresh: 58
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 8.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A model of the ambitious, vitalizing activist work that exists to stir the sleeping to wake. – Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Oct 4, 2012

Fresh: It's a film as profoundly sad as it is enraging and potentially galvanizing, and it's one of the most important pieces of nonfiction to hit the screen in years. – Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, Oct 11, 2012

Fresh: Jarecki's documentary assembles [its arguments] deftly, with much help from former crime reporter David Simon, who left the Baltimore Sun to become the auteur of such mean-streets TV dramas as The Wire. – Mark Jenkins, NPR, Oct 4, 2012

Fresh: Jarecki takes a highly original approach to create a compelling, thought-provoking look at a highly relevant and controversial topic. – G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, Oct 18, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Getting it right

This movie is about the history of "the war on drugs" & the impact this has had on our society. It does not try to absolve the responsibility of the user. Rather, it seeks to initiate an investigation as to how best to deal with the social problems that drugs & the subsequent war has created.

Presented from several differing perspectives, it points out that our emphasis on the drug problem may be misplaced. The demand for drugs has not diminished over the course of the war. However, the cost of interdiction has become a major economic plus in many communities. It is pointed out that certain drugs tend to be linked with certain classes of individuals so the war really, intentionally or not, turns out to be more of a war on certain social classes.

Amazing documentary

This is such an unbelievable and eye-opening depiction of the drug war in America. It is so insightful and educational, regardless of how much or how little you know about these issues. Very worth the watch, and relevant for every American to see

A good documentary

It is a well made documentary about the inequalities in the us law system for certain types of drug use. I don't necessarily feel that the interviewer needed to include his nanny but whatever, those weren't too many scenes, but someone should have told him that is a completely different movie.

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