So you might not have heard but recently I’ve found myself with a little bit of time on my hands. The movie theaters are closed, screenings are cancelled and most films are postponed, so what’s an aspiring film critic supposed to do with herself? Well, I have a lot of fun stuff planned but to begin with I watched the new documentary series on HBO called McMillions and boy is it entertaining!
McMillions follows the $24 million fraud perpetuated behind the McDonald’s Monopoly game sweepstakes between 1989 and 2001. The story has almost nothing to do with McDonalds but it is a many tangled web of all kinds of characters who become involved: ‘from Mobsters to Mormons’ as the ads promise.
Even the agents investigating prove to be very entertaining. This is especially true for agent Doug Mathews who was born to be on television. He is funny, charismatic and probably a little bit nuts but it makes for great TV. In fact, the series suffers a bit when it goes to long without him. What makes him so appealing is his innocent enthusiasm for every part of the investigation. He doesn’t want those boring old cases. No way! He wants to be where things are happening and he can go undercover and do crazy things. It’s the best.
Aside from Matthews there are a ton of different personalities on both the investigator and criminal side and the scheme is very well executed. In fact, it may have never come to light if there wasn’t a mysterious informant who tipped off the FBI. It brings up the interesting question if someone came up to you and offered you a million and all you had to do was turn in a game piece that you didn’t organically find would you do it? I think a lot of us would.
Also in the end who is really hurt in this whole scam? McDonald’s isn’t. They would have given the money out regardless of who won. The American public? I guess they had no chance to really win but the chance was so small to begin with that it is hardly a large wound. The marketing firm went under after it was revealed one of their employees did this but that’s about the worst it got. Is it a victimless crime?
I suppose that is for the courts to decide and not me but I do know this documentary series was very entertaining especially agent Matthews who should totally have his own show. He’s got that secret sauce for television you don’t see every day. So fun!
Have you seen McMillions? What did you think? I would love to hear in the comments section.
Even though this is on HBO it’s pretty clean minus some language.
4 thoughts on “[REVIEW] ‘McMillions’: Oh What an Entertaining Web we Weave”
I’ve heard about it from a coworker, not sure if I’ll watch it though.
It’s pretty entertaining if you have time
Sounds like an interesting mini series! If I had HBO, I’d probably give it a shot. Do you happen to have Disney+? I’m wondering if you’ll review and of the original stuff on there. At least there’s a endless backlog of older stuff to watch too, if you wanted to spend some time on retro reviews.
I have tons of Disney Plus coverage. I reviewed Timmy Failure on this blog. And then recently posted a podcast on hidden Disney Plus gems https://youtu.be/ogxv02NEQdE
Over on Hallmarkies Podcast we covered the High School Musical show
And have done several bonus episodes covering Disney Plus content https://www.stitcher.com/s?eid=67472608&refid=asa
I also have reviews of Lady and the Tramp and Noelle on my youtube channel.
Let me know what else you’d like me to cover