Pros: some oh, so nasty secrets that I am sure some people don't want shared
Cons: some extremely idiotic moments, I'm sorry to say
The Bottom Line:
"There's nothing wrong with Capitalism There's nothing wrong with free enterprise" ~Oingo Boingo
I'm kinda like Alan Jackson says in his song: "I watch CNN but I'm not sure I can tell you the difference in Iraq and Iran". Even less than that. I avoid the news like it is the plaque because, frankly, it is. It's depressing and voyeuristic beyond belief and I still scratch my head and wonder how I happened across Capitalism: A Love Story. Not exactly what a B-grade movie lover like myself would consider normal fodder. But there I was and I left more depressed than when I accidentally watch the news.
The story: It is a typical Michael Moore expose in full bloom. Each time I watch a Moore documentary I am amazed none of the mucky-mucks have "taken him out" yet. In this release he is going after big business, also known as the banks, the economy, and Wall Street, with a little nudge at the government, as usual.
I can't say I was surprised by most of what he revealed in this movie but I was a little upset over the premise of "dead peasant insurance" which allows corporations to take out life insurance policies on the everyday worker, not the corporate heads [although I'm sure they are probably covered as well], and cashing in when they die. In some circumstances the employee was barely making minimum wage and unable to afford their own personal life insurance, so the surviving family had nothing to fall back on.
Moore burrows down into the dirty secrets of capitalism with some interesting disclosures from Jimmy Carter and Franklin Roosevelt. He also effectively shows the devastation to many areas of the US as a result of the downfall of the ability of homeowners to maintain their own residents, and even a few that have struck out and basically have become squatters in their own homes in an effort to keep them.
Unfortunately he also pulls a ridiculous stunt on Wall Street, surrounding the area with crime scene tape. I feel these tatics pull away from the truths he was otherwise showing, but that is just my own personal opinion.
DVD extras: ~ Sorry, House-Flippers and Banks—You're Toast in Flint, MI ~ Congressman Cummings Dares to Speak the Unspeakable ~ NY Times Pulitzer Prize Winner Chris Hedges on the Killing Machine Known as Capitalism ~ The Rich Don't Go to Heaven (There's a Special Place Reserved for Them) ~ What If, Just If, We Had Listened to Jimmy Carter in 1979? ~ The Omnivore's Dilemma—It's Capitalism ~ Commie Taxi Drivers—"You Talkin' to Me?"—In Winsconsin ~ How to Run the Place Where You Work ~ The Socialist Bank of—North Dakota? ~ The Bank Kicks Them Out, Max Kicks Them Back In
Overall impression: It was depressing, for sure, but informative. I could have done without his antics with the crime scene tape but I also understand what he was trying to do and say.
There is nothing wrong with a company trying to make a profit, that is why most of them go into business, even those so-called non-profit businesses.
I've never been rich, I never will be. I grew up in a poor middle class family where my mother worked 12 hours a day, standing on her feet cementing soles on shoes, in a factory with no air conditioning, for $.65 an hour. She worked there 23 years, her top pay when she left there was $1.25 an hour. She, and the others that depended on this for their livelihood, came to work one day and there was a chain across the door.
As a family-owned business, it had been around for over 50 years. It was the only job most of the people had ever known, some had been there since it opened. Some of the people drove over 50 miles per day, each way, to work there because it was all they could find. Then the last member of the family passed and a young turk came in and took the firm over. A year later he locked the doors forever. He had pocketed all of their union dues, tax money, retirement money, and insurance money they had paid for the year. Their last two paychecks bounced.
He went on to live in Florida, the employees went in bankruptcy for the most part. His affluent family covered all the crimes up, the employees were still responsible for all the money he had pocketed and they had to pay back the dues, taxes, and insurance money. He got off scott free.
Now that is capitalism.
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Plenty of excitement--and controversy--is sure to surround this film from decorated documentarian Michael Moore. After previously taking on America?s gun culture (BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE), the Bush administration (FAHRENHEIT 9/11), and America?s healthcare crisis (SICKO), this timely film addresses what caused the financial crisis that stopped the world in 2008. CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY finds Moore criticizing the government bailout of privately held businesses.