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Movie Review: Capitalism: A Love Story

Alternate Title: Greed is Not Good

Story: Michael Moore has done it again. Whether you are a fan (I am) or not, you have to give him credit for fighting the good fight for the last 20 years (since the brilliant 1989, Roger & Me).

This time he takes on America's love affair with capitalism and our present economic debacle. He points fingers, names names and illustrates how the cult of corruption, outlandish greed and casino like behavior of the big banks and Wall Street have landed us in the fine mess that we now find ourselves.

With his usual broad brush, he paints a picture of how the 95% of the population that does not reap the rewards of our grotesque system have bought into the American dream of becoming rich and powerful. He points his finger directly at Ronald Reagan and the ensuing 30 year collapse of regulation that has allowed this system to go amuck.

Just when you think your head is about to explode with all of the information he is illustrating he injects some very needed comic relief to assuage the tension. Like most of Moore's films, he leaves us with a glimmer of hope if we, the people can find our way. The power of the voting booth can not be dispelled.

My biggest gripe is that he never injects the idea that we, the people, have to take some responsibility for our own personal excesses. Short of that, it is a terrific film and if you have any money left to go to the movies - you should go to see this film. Take a fiscal conservative along with you. It makes for excellent exiting chit chat.

Watch the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeROnVUADj0

Acting: It is a documentary - so acting does not count.

Trivia: Michael Moore briefly served as both editor and columnist for Mother Jones magazine. He raised money for the production of his first film, Roger & Me (1989), by running neighborhood bingo games in his house. He is a card carrying member of the National Rifle Association. Moore told Tim Russert that he joined so as to be elected its president and then dismantle the organization.

Predilection: I am a big fan of Michael Moore and am not much of a capitalist (although some of my very good friends definitely are beholden to that group).

Sex Spectrum: None - although we are all being screwed.

Blatant Product Placement: I do not think any of the corporations that were mentioned in this movie wanted to be seen.

Soundtrack: Moore always uses tracks that emphasize his point and make you chuckle. He uses Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi by Carl Orff to dramatically show his list of villains corporations. I found the song used on this tribute to the three greatest captains from the Star Trek Universe. It has nothing to do with Moore's movie but I liked it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsVhuTF_3k8

Opening Titles: Moore shows the fall of the Roman empire juxtaposed against our crumbling society.

Theater Audience: About 25% filled on the first show of the first day. I was accompanied by my sister (who shares most of my political views) and my returning movie buddy who says he is socially liberal and fiscally conservative. We applauded with the crowd at the film's end.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: It was difficult to watch the families who discovered that the companies that their beloved deceased worked for had taken out life insurance policies on their employees life. These horrible actions are called 'dead peasant' policies. http://moneycentral.msn.com/content/Insurance/P64954.asp

Drift Factor: I did look at my watch a few times. The film could have been edited a bit.

Predictability Level: Sadly, high.

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: Perhaps

Big Screen or Rental: Big screen. Have a Michael Moore festival and rent: Roger & Me (still my favorite one), Canadian Bacon, The Big One, Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11 and Sicko.

Length: 2 hours

LOBO HOWLS: 8