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  • Summary: A shockingly candid examination of how a street dealer can rise to cartel lord with relative ease, How to Make Money Selling Drugs is an insider's guide to the violent but extremely lucrative drug industry. Told from the perspective of former drug dealers, and featuring interviews with rights advocates Russell Simmons, Susan Sarandon, and David Simon, the film gives you the lessons you need to start your own drug empire while exposing the corruption behind the war on drugs. [Tribeca Film] Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Jun 25, 2013
    It's a smart, funny, tough-minded film crammed with data and personal anecdotes, each illuminating the other, each sketching in the staggering costs—and not just financial—of the ways authorities in this country have shaped the drug issue. It's far from glib.
  2. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Jun 27, 2013
    Despite its slick packaging and overtly facetious premise, director Matthew Cooke and producer Adrian Grenier’s faux-educational documentary How to Make Money Selling Drugs packs a wallop.
  3. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    Dec 17, 2013
    The result is entertaining and insightful, balancing cold statistics with real-life stories of success and tragedy, presenting a broad, clear-eyed view of an increasingly complex issue.
  4. Reviewed by: Rob Humanick
    Jun 24, 2013
    The film employs a flashy text-and-graphics aesthetic that immediately brings to mind the satirical undercurrent of a Grand Theft Auto video game.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Jun 26, 2013
    How to Make Money Selling Drugs is breezy fun, even when it eventually turns openly cynical.
  6. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    Dec 28, 2013
    Various colourful characters including Freeway Rick Ross, the man who invented crack, and ex-cop Barry Cooper explain the tricks of the trade, but none of it will be news to anyone who's watched "Breaking Bad" or "The Wire."
  7. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    Jun 26, 2013
    While it won't win any Oscars, Matthew Cooke's new documentary How To Make Money Selling Drugs may take the prize for being the shallowest and most glib film of the year.

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