Minimalism Film: About the important things

30 thoughts on “Minimalism Film: About the important things”

  1. Thank you for this review! I have drooled over Joshua’s minimalist apartment pics (I look back at them every time I need inspiration) but I had no idea he was doing a documentary with Ryan until I saw this post. I will have to check it out!

  2. There were a ton of gasps in our theater, too, when they showed that map of a family’s activity in a large home. I think my favorite part was the statistics on how many billions of dollars are spent on marketing to our kids. Wasn’t it like $17 billion or something? That gave me fresh perspective on that battle companies are engaging in for my boy’s attention, loyalty and, ultimately, dollars.

    1. Interest! Looks like that graphic is definitely resonating with people. Good to see! And yeah, it was an incredible amount of money that’s spent on marketing to our kids. Spending money on kids is big business and companies know it. The more kids want, the more MOST parents buy. Ugh!

    1. Thanks Apathy – I bet that you’ll like what you find. There is a lot of overlap between minimalism and what we’re doing here. 🙂

  3. Thanks for the review. This is a movie that I’ve wanted to see and it was nice to get your honest opinion about it. I’m going to check out your wife’s review as well.

    I listen to the Minimalists podcast and have read Everything Remains. Even in these formats, they tend to be a little repetitive but I keep following them because their message is a good one and it keeps me motivated.

    I’ll still see the movie but I’m glad to know what to expect.

  4. Ive been waiting for this Documentary to come out, thank you for bringing it to my attention and I enjoyed your review. We have lived minimalist lives for millions of years, did that ever really need to change?

    I am sure this will make it’s way into a Screen in London UK soon where I hope i can check it out.


  5. I have been looking forward to this film coming out! I’m glad that they made it very high quality because it will give it a little extra appeal to a lot of people. As you said, it would be nice to include people who aren’t well known minimalists and their take on the lifestyle but I’m guessing that by going with some of these bigger names, the mass appeal for the message is larger? Thanks for the review and I look forward to watching it when it comes around here!

    1. Thanks for the comment, Thias. Yup, I would guess it was the mass appeal factor as well – and nothing wrong with featuring those bigger names, of course. Just…for those of us who are already in the community, we were probably already familiar with their stories. No worries – was still a great film.

  6. Considering that the top Google result for “minimalism sucks” is your blog, I wasn’t sure how your review would be 😉 haha, glad you liked the film though! Hoping to check this out at some point.

    1. Ha! Yeah – it’s more the term “minimalism” that I object to, not necessarily the concepts of the movement. All good in the neighborhood! 😉

  7. My husband and I watched the documentary last week and we really enjoyed it! My favorite part was when Joshua was in the desert and he was reading from their book containing the part about all the things he thought he needed from Ikea. The juxtaposition of that was awesome 🙂

  8. They are absolutely right! People are working way to much and on top of that, most of them don’t even like their jobs… but they are just so used to everything (their job and spending money circle) that they never change anything. It just does not feel right to wake up at 70 and realize that you spent your life doing things you don’t love… it’s just sad :(.

  9. I had a similar reaction to this film. I wanted less about the two authors (and their very huggy–so much hugging–signing events) and more about other people who are living a minimalist lifestyle. Fewer “experts,” more real people.

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