Did you know that there’s this seedy underworld involving debt collecting? I sure didn’t, and quite frankly, I still don’t know if it exists either. What I do know is Tanya Wexler’s Buffaloed expands on this idea and features a break-out performance from Zoey Deutch.
Written by Brian Sacca, Buffaloed follows the life of Peg Dahl (Zoey Deutch), who, after her father died and left the family financially impoverished, vows as a child to never be financially dependent on anyone. Almost immediately, young Peg becomes a hustler…always looking for an angle to the next scam.
“…with her release from prison as Peg begins more ‘legitimate’ forms of getting rich quick.”
Years later, Peg’s scalping scam finally lands her in jail. The film picks up with her release from prison as Peg begins more “legitimate” forms of getting rich quick. Here she meets Wizz (Jai Courtney), who runs the local debt collecting service. Anyone whose ever fallen delinquent on a debt (not saying that I have), knows the deal. When you max your credit cards and stop paying, rather than coming after you directly, the bank sells your debt to a collection agency at a deep discount. The agency then comes after you themselves.
Being the diligent worker that she is, Peg begins working for Wizz and she excels at her jobs. Soon, Peg is turned off by some of the unethical practices espoused by Wizz and breaks out on her own. Peg puts together a crew (from her recent prison stint) and gets into the collecting business with every intention of playing it ethical, staying out of prison, and catching the eye of the cute Federal Attorney, Graham (Jermaine Fowler).