So the kids go down to Guatemala and take out a micro-loan to rent a place to stay with some land to grow radishes. In order to replicate the monetary situation of the average Guatemalan farmer, they come up with a system where they "pay" themselves an average of a dollar per day - but they do it randomly by drawing numbers in order to simulate the financial uncertainty that people live with. So some days they make $9, some days they make nothing.
All in all I think it's a pretty good film and certainly worth the watch. It most definitely puts our first world problems into clear perspective, and trust me, you'll never look at lard the same way again!
My only quibble with the little experiment is that while they did a fair job of simulating financial insecurity, they did it in a fairly cushy way compared to the realities that most of their Guatemalan neighbors experience. I mean, there's a pretty big difference between drawing a number for your daily "allowance" and working your arse off in the fields for 12+ hours! Of course, they also didn't have the benefit of having any clue what they were doing, so perhaps that all evens out.
But any way you slice it, it's a touching and inspiring look in to the reality of daily life for a large percentage of the people on this planet, and I'd definitely give it a thumbs up.
Has anybody else out there seen it? I'd love to hear what you thought of it.