Craiglist Joe, a new documentary about a man who tries survive for 31 straight days soley off the kindness of strangers on Craigslist, sounds like it might involve a fair amount of penises and dented IKEA furniture. But no! And gosh, I’ll be darned if I didn’t tear up by the end of the trailer.
Zach Galifanakis executive produced the flick, in which director/star Joseph Garner does away with his money, friends and family in order to live entirely off Craigslist for an entire month: food, shelter, transportation, everything. There are days of grumbling bellies and tears. There’s some cash earned by helping clean up a house that appears to be lived in by a hoarder. But there are also kind offers of warm beds and food and more than a few delightfully quirky weirdos. Mostly, though, it seems Craiglist Joe reveals America is far more generous and less disconnected than modern life might make it seem.
Of course, the fact that Garner is a white male — especially one trailed by a camera crew! — will have impacted his experiences. Shit’s probably a little different when you’ve literally got nothing because you’re a naive 15-year-old girl trying to get out of an abusive home, you know?
But hey, I’ll watch this. And yeah, I’ll probably cry.