Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey

Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey

By Justin Moe

  • Genre: Justin Moe
  • Release Date: 2013-01-01
  • Advisory Rating: Unrated
  • Runtime: 1h 32min
  • Director: Justin Moe
  • iTunes Price: USD 7.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 0.99


Forever changed by witnessing the devastation of an aluminum plant shutting down in his hometown, Josh Miller sets out on a 30 day journey across America to find out if “Made in the USA” still means anything. Throughout the journey Josh lives off of “Made in USA” products as best he can, and speaks to people in the heart of America about issues facing the country today as the continued outsourcing of the manufacture of goods erodes the manufacturing backbone of the American economy - and the dreams of countless workers around the nation.




  • Child-like amateur documentary about an important subject

    Really bad, no critical questions, does not ask the difficult questions about the outsourcing of jobs from the USA, but rather serves a child-like black/white view. During the movie I sometimes found myself thinking the movie is some kind of spoof: “Reporting on a burger restaurant and stating the fact that the burgers are “Made in the USA”? Where else would a burger place make their burgers? Overall a pretty weak and pathetic documentary. It should have given me a clue that the sale price is $1.99.
  • Good enough

    By JohnDoeSan
    I rented this movie because I prefer buying US-made products, myself. Even though the film isn't very well-made IMO, I did enjoy the content and it made me happy to see that there are still many made-in-USA products. I especially love the part about micro breweries being very popular because people want to support local. Don't give up, maybe do another film where you showcase more US factories. I'd very much love to watch that.
  • Great concept; poor execution

    By Edwardo26
    My husband and I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to live abroad for the last 5 years (in Switzerland and now Singapore). Our understanding of the global economy and political climate has greatly increased. We go out of our way to avoid products made in China and try to buy Made in the USA so we were excited to see this documentary. Unfortunately, the people interviewed were not eloquent and the focus meandered all over the place. A lot of sentiment without coherent thought.
  • Inspired me

    By Gamer holdem
    Great!! Made in America inspired me to look even closer and more often than I do for made in America products. A lot of the info I was not aware of. New web sites and places that sell American made. Plus I know the meaning now behind certified made in America. Great job guys and gals!! 👍👍👍👍👍🇺🇸
  • Made in the USA

    By Synctest
    I really wanted this to be good. Came up short on everything from production value to content. It became unwatchable after a point.
  • Not Made In Full.

    By Dj Shynee
    This documentary has a decent point. But it was executed poorly. My biggest problem with it is there are no African American businesses interviewed. Everyone interviewed for this film was Caucasian except the French lady. It makes it seem like American pride only fits the white narrative. Our country is filled with people from all walks of life and all races. It can't be that difficult to find businesses that include that. But, I guess a film maker from rural WV may only see things a certain way. The film struggles to pull at the pride strings with goofy monologues that seem to try to hard. I think he has the right mindset on trying to figure out a way to bring back American ingenuity and workmanship. But it's a bit deeper than can I sit on a chair that was made in China. It's not the small business that need a push back toward the American Dream. It's the big ones. Why not interview someone from Walmart or Target or Microsoft or GE. The big companies that bring in billions of dollars while using foreign work and keep their money overseas for tax benefits. Why didn't you get ahold of more congressman the two times you were in DC. Like I said. The film lacked proper execution. Do a sequel and push some of the right buttons.
  • Pretty shallow

    By musicov
    This is a pretty shallow documentary. Very little research seems to have gone into making it and the viewer is never presented any real data to back up the narrators/travelers/interviewers claims. It also has a strange flow to it, watching these guys criss-cross the country in no particular order. The constant (dramatic/patriotic) background music feels unprofessional as well. Now, the good parts: You do get to see parts of the country you usually never get to see, and yes, it does speak to the heart of a real change in the American economy. This change has obviously been dramatic and tragic for many middle-class families, but it came short trying to explain or show what our new economy looks like. Heavy, labor-intensive and unionized workforces are simply a relic from the past, given manufacturing automation (even if it were to come back to the USA). What we are seeing is simply a transition to a knowledge economy. A trip to Austin, Portland, Boston, New York or Silicon Valley could have showed you that.
  • Product Chain

    By ItsMagicMan
    Even if a product has Made in the USA written on it, does not mean the production chain is purely US made. In a connected world like today, it would be nearly impossible to find all products you need for living only in the US (or any other country of choice).
  • Sadly a wasted opportunity - this film put me to sleep

    By Lucaseng
    Is the Apple device you're using an American product? What does "designed in California. Made in China" really mean? The social, political and economic impact of global trade is highly complex and deserves more attention - sadly this film doesn't do it justice in any way. Interviews with small fish local business people by a guy who tries to use a poorly executed carnival trick of no non-US products for 30 days misses the point. The car he rides in may be an American brand but many of the parts come from foreign companies - and US companies with foreign operations. The investors and the company's best customers are also often foreign. Has global trade raised the standard of living for Americans and/or those abroad? Great question which the film doesn't even try to answer.
  • Worst documentary ever

    By Jbinsandiego
    This documentary is what happens when you do zero research search and have a few go pros. It was unwatchable after the first 10 minutes. Stick to your day jobs.