Most Americans have heard the story of the woman spilling McDonald’s coffee on herself and walking away with millions of dollars. The case is often cited as an example of runaway juries and Americans taking advantage of the justice system. However, Hot Coffee, a documentary by Susan Saladoff, takes a closer look at the truths about the McDonald’s coffee case and allows viewers to decide whether what they have heard about the McDonald’s coffee case is a fair rendition of the facts.
The movie’s website explains:
Hot Coffee reveals what really happened to Stella Liebeck, the Albuquerque woman who spilled coffee on herself and sued McDonald’s, while exploring how and why the case garnered so much media attention, who funded the effort and to what end. After seeing this documentary film, you will decide who really profited from spilling hot coffee.
Fortunately, Hot Coffee was recently chosen as one of 16 US documentaries selected–out of 841 submissions–for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. The following is a description of the film from Sundance officials:
Following subjects whose lives have been devastated by an inability to access the courts, this film shows that many long-held beliefs about our civil justice system have been paid for by corporate America.
We encourage you to see this film and learn the truths about what is really going on with our civil justice system.