⋆⋆⋆ out of four stars
Unrated: Brief graphic nudity and profanity.
Theater: Inver Grove 16
According to the searing documentary “Divorce Corp.,” more money flows through U.S. family courts — from parents and children and into the hands of litigators, mediators and advisers — than in all the nation’s other court systems combined. The film, narrated by Dr. Drew Pinsky, portrays an arrangement designed to enrich courthouse insiders at their clients’ expense, while inflaming the litigants’ antagonism. The film was directed by biotech multimillionaire Joseph Sorge after his own bruising divorce, and co-written by James Scurlock (“Maxed Out: Hard Times, Easy Credit and the Era of Predatory Lenders”). It is extensively researched and persuasively argued, featuring interviews with legal experts, court officers and aggrieved spouses. It points to the Scandinavian model of uncontentious divorces as a healthier model. Sorge somewhat overplays his hand as he presents sordid examples of misconduct by judges, attorneys and custody evaluators. Shocking as those episodes are, the problem isn’t the most flagrant outliers, but the day-to-day machinations of a flawed, adversarial system. Any divorce survivor will see rueful reminders of a destructive process. Any engaged couple should see it, period.
Source: Colin Covert