Susan Saladoff’s Hot Coffee starts out with the 1994 case of Stella Liebeck, the New Mexico woman who sued McDonald’s over the temperature of its coffee after burning herself with it. If you thought Liebeck’s case was emblematic to our country’s overly litigious culture, you should see this film. Hot Coffee goes beyond popular and misinformed media portrayals to discuss tort reform and our misconceptions of how the law works. The film flows evenly from example to example, elegantly etching a picture of the civil justice system we didn’t know we might be losing.
Friday, June 24 at 7:15 p.m. at AFI Silver 1; also on Saturday, June 25 at 12:30 p.m. at AFI Silver 2.