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Review: ''Capitalism: A Love Story''

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People who decry his films as self-serving exposes of previously known facts that only preach to the converted miss the overriding achievement of what makes Michael Moore important. For all his lack of objectivity and occasional fact twisting, Moore takes on dauntingly complex subjects - the health care industry, gun control, political abuse of power - and turns them into hugely entertaining, provocative pictures.

You don't necessarily have to agree with Moore to enjoy his movies, although agreeing helps. I can't imagine that too many Goldman Sachs board members are going to be fawning over Capitalism: A Love Story, in which Moore depicts our country's affair with capitalism as a romance gone horribly sour. In his usual mix of vintage film footage, TV news clips and fresh interviews, Moore argues that capitalism has devolved from being a system of giving and taking - which in the 1950s allowed people such as his father, a middle-class auto-industry worker, to pay off his house by the time Moore had entered kindergarten - into a system of mostly taking.

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Capitalism: A Love Story illustrates its thesis by hopping from subject to subject, and some information may be new to viewers who don't keep up with their CNN: Airline pilots so poorly paid they have to rely on food stamps and part-time waitressing jobs to get by; a judge who accepted bribes from the privately run juvenile-rehabilitation facility to which he sent kids for posting gossip on their MySpace page; or a little-known policy known as "dead peasants" (which was news to me) in which blue-chip companies such as AT&T take out secret life insurance policies on their employees, naming themselves as sole beneficiary.

Moore also scores some indelible home-video footage, such as a film a family shot as the cops started busting down their door in eviction proceedings. Moore's overall tone in Capitalism is more muted and less comical than in previous films (although several sequences in which he shows up at the offices of corporate giants, trying to interview their CEOs, are so tired even the security guards who ward him off look bored). The movie is a call to arms, or at least to action, although Moore never specifies what that action should be. But this lively, infuriating and occasionally moving film certainly leaves you thinking, and there isn't a dead spot in it. That's the mark of a real filmmaker, not just a muckraker.

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jonnyleft

Michael Moore is a typical Socialist who fails to see that Liberals are as much to blame as Conservatives for how decadent our Society has become. The values of the 1950's that enabled his father to pay off their house before he entered elementary school are today ridiculed by the Liberal left- hard work, saving, patriotism, and doing what is best for the family. The decadent society that we live in today is all a by-product of the narcissistic 1960's baby-boom generation. Conservatives have to take some of the blame for their absolute belief in lassaiz-faire capitalism, but it is Liberals who have imposed their values of over-indulgence on America, to the detriment of the country.

Denali1

Have to pity these wannabe-Nazis who throw words like "Socialism" around. Frightened, weak little bitter people. They have no lives and each day is filled with anger and hatred re their own self-failures and malcontentedness. Moore does good and important work. Damned good!

Dick Danger

As a Gay man and a Gay journalist I found no humor in the film except for the little person who played Dale Baxter, the clone of Mr. Evil, wait that's Austin Powers. Michael Moore is hilarious in his portrayal of a fat seal. People were shocked that as a gay man and gay journalist I would be so insensitive to fat people who I refer to as midgets and dwarfs. As a gay man and a gay journalist I did not see the incongruity of that.

javier

I dare Michael to survive one week in Cuba. That experience would really be worthy of being captured on film. That goes for all the utopia loving, dreamers who have never lived a day in a system that contradicts human nature. I will not berate anyone by dismissing ideas that can come from thoughtful and insightful well balanced analysis, but his films are troubling skewed toward a system that will not preserve inaliable rights. Nothing's perfect, but the reality is that our system allows for the most part for the individual to pursue his dreams. That is all I would ask of my political climate. To dissect and take situations out of context without yourself living it is hypocritical at best, and out right opportunistic at worst

Mr. Dave Clownhaus

Who is the gay man gay journalist guy. I have never heard of him. He sounds like a real simpleton , maybe Michael Moore is gay man jounalist too.

Eric

fat commie pinko bastard Moore should go live in North Korea.

chris

Micheal moore is the greatest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

joanna

michael moore is the bestt!!! if you dont like him, then your an idiot.

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