I hadn’t heard much about this film until quite recently. Zoey Deutch is a favorite of mine and I don’t think there’s a project of hers that I haven’t seen and enjoyed. What I like most about her is that she is diverse and can take on many roles. Her comedic ones, in particular, are outstanding. Buffaloed was no exception!

Peg lives with her mom Kathy (Judy Greer) and brother JJ (Noah Reid). When her dad died, she took it upon herself to do whatever was necessary to provide for her family even if that sometimes meant committing acts that weren’t exactly legal. Peg taught herself everything she needed to know about finances and numbers and how to always have a steady flow of money coming in.

So when the opportunity to work as a debt collector comes about, Peg jumps at the chance. Working in that line of business is no easy feat; her employer is not somebody you’d want to mess with and trying to get people to pay their bills can be daunting. But Peg has a way with people and before long she is a force to be reckoned with. The only problem? Her fellow employees aren’t happy about it especially when she decides to go out on her own.

With the help of an unlikely group of people from various cultures and backgrounds, Peg embarks on a tumultuous journey complete with many ups and downs, new friendships and love along the way.

What is so interesting about this story is that it sheds light on the issue of debt in America. So many people take out loans for medical bills, school tuition or mortgages, but then they struggle to pay it back. As an outsider who has never experienced this firsthand, I thought the depiction in Buffaloed was well executed. Even though the topic is a serious one, the comedic element helped even things out.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

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