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Movie Review: Sicko

Alternate Title: Our National Shame

Story: Michael Moore is a national treasure. Yes, he is annoying at times and he is not the image we like to think is America (but puhleeze - have you looked at your neighbors?) but he is brave, bold and tackles issues that normally would make you leave a room out of boredom or a what can I do about it shrug of the shoulders.

As writer, producer and director Moore takes on our terminally ill US health care system. He focus' on the 250 million of us who DO have health care and how we are all one step away from the next claim denial if we actually get really sick. Getting sick (and the accumulating co-pays and deductibles) leads to more bankruptcies than anything else in our very wounded nation.

He lasers in on several individuals who have been the victims of this bogus fiefdom and compares our system with other countries such as Canada, France and Britain. Why don't we fix our health care system and how we got to this macabre state is covered in the Michael Moore easy to understand pop culture format that he had used in his previous films.

This film is compelling cinema and I prescribe it for everyone. Along with that Lobo scrip is a suggestion that we take it to the streets and demand a National System for every single person in this vast and wealthy land of ours.

Oh yes, and as Michael Moore prescribes that we all eat our fruits and vegetables and go take a walk.

Acting: It is a documentary so it is not applicable.

Predilection: I applaud Moore's films and his unique bravery.

Critters: Dogs and cats.

Blatant Product Placement: Cigna, Humana, Kaiser, Blue Cross and Blue Shield are just some of the companies who I am sure would rather not be mentioned in this film.

Soundtrack: Amusing

Theater Audience: A handful of under-insured and frightened Americans.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: 2

Tissue Usage: I welled up a few times.

Oscar Worthy: Yes

Soap Box: There is so much to say on this topic but Moore says it all better than I could ever do. I will pay an outrageous $8000 in Health Insurance this year and pray that I don't get sick. Aurgh!

Nit Picking: It could have been edited down to 100 minutes.

Big Screen or Rental: Support Moore and see it on the big screen. To see his other films please rent: Fahrenheit 9/11, Bowling for Columbine, The Big One, Canadian Bacon, Roger & Me

Length: It was two hours for me and about 90 minutes for my movie buddy who fell asleep during the whole segment on Cuba.