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Capitalism: A Love Story

Released: 2009

Genre: Documentary

Runtime: 2 hr 7 min

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Michael Moore

Starring: William Black, Jimmy Carter, Congressman Elijah Cummings, Baron Hill, Marcy Kaptur

Controversial filmmaker Michael Moore takes a look at the American financial system.

Capitalism will age better than Fahrenheit 9/11 and Sicko.

Review by: MiamiMovieCritic

Added: 7 years ago

Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story has a 6.9 rating on iMDB, but I have to believe that rating has been skewed by right-wing a-holes who voted without even seeing the film. The movie is an 8.0 at least. I think there’s a lot here everyone can agree on. Like, we all agree that it’s bad for a company to take out life insurance policies on employees – referred to as “dead peasants” in company documents – so it can collect money after they die, right?

This is the most wide-ranging film Moore has made since Bowling for Columbine, and also the most hard-hitting since BfC. I kinda wondered how he would pull it off; it can’t be easy to make a cogent (much less entertaining) film about the American financial system. He’s done it by appealing to our emotions, showing – for example – families being kicked out of their homes at the height of the mortgage crisis. He also proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that last year’s bailout of Wall Street was a naked swindle. Evidently scared shitless that The Great Unwashed were about to put a socialist in the White House, America’s corporate bigwigs decided to put as much silverware in their pockets as they possibly could.

Don’t believe me? See the film. One of Moore’s best arguments has always been that the mainstream news media has been asleep behind the wheel for far too long. It’s sad that so much of what he has to say will come as a shock to so many.

For instance, we all remember Shelly. Ya know, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the airline pilot/American hero who saved all those passengers on the Hudson River. Well, did you know that Shelly went to Washington after the crash and basically begged Congress for money, because airline pilots make about as much as managers at Mickey D’s these days? I’m guessing you didn’t. Personally, I don’t want my airline pilots on food stamps. And Moore points out exactly why I don’t want that: he shows the aftermath of a plane crash in Buffalo earlier this year, the one that killed 49 people. (The pilots had been talking about their pay at the time of the crash.)

The movie goes on like that for two hours: one outrage piled on top of another. Of course, it’s all leavened by Moore’s trademark humor; whatever his faults, it’s hard to attack him on the grounds of not being funny. The movie is basically a history lesson about corporate greed in the last 25 years, and his points about America being Rome are well taken. For those reasons and others, I think Capitalism will age better than Fahrenheit 9/11 and Sicko.