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Tapped

Bottled water is self-evidently stupid: overpriced, overpackaged, and not even necessarily safer than tap. But is it really "one of the biggest problems facing our environment," or is it merely the problem this glossy but intellectually insulting doc is about? Directors Stephanie Soechtig and Jason Lindsey deploy batteries of ominous cellos against multinational aqua pimps Nestlé and PepsiCo, but their actual arguments are all over the map, with the heaviest charges (e.g., warnings about toxic compounds leaching out of plastic packaging) scarcely specific to the H2O trade. And a word or two on how eco-anxiety helped sell the suckers on branded tap water in the first place wouldn't have been amiss. 76 mins.

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