Capitalism: A Love Story Movie Reviews

Capitalism: A Love Story

Capitalism: A Love Story

Release Date: Sep 23, 2009

Genre: Documentary

Rating: (R)

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  • 4
    Miguel A.

    You had those false facts at the ready did you?

    1)Ford Ceo’s salary in 07 was 2 million with 21 million in compensation. GM’s was 1.6 million with 14.4 million total, plus the jets, the scotch and the Havana’s. Toyota motors CEO was paid a total comp. of $900,000. The $80 hr. figure for auto workers is based on a total compensation for all present and past (retired employees) payments divided into total company costs. That number did included rising health insurance costs.
    2)Cuba, Venezuela, and North Korea are communist countries. Sweden, Germany, France, Canada, Switzerland and other European countries are Socialist states of one type or another. All have single payer health care systems. According to most estimates the total US expenditures on healthcare including both state and private is 15.7 of GDP. With that, we get 2.6 doctors per 1,000 people, 3.3 hospital beds and we live to an average age of 78.2. France spends 10.5%, 3.4 docs, 7.5 beds and they live until they are 80.6 As a whole Europe spends 9.6% of GDP on healthcare, has 3.9 doctors per 1,000 people, 6.6 hospital beds and live on average, a healthy life past the age of 81. The truth is that in many cases the healthcare system is better in the US than in some other countries but it is becoming more and more the domain of the “haves”. It was reported in 2007 that 62% of all bankruptcies were from catastrophic healthcare costs and 72% of those had health insurance plus with an additional 1 million bankruptcies expected to be filed in 2009 we are slowly becoming a country of “have not’s”. This is the big failure of the US system. It is unforgivable. You may get a better chance of recovering from certain diseases but as a whole, you will die younger in the US than most developed countries. ... Something is severely broken.
    3)It has been reported that William W. McGuire M.D. as the CEO of UnitedHealth Group Inc. from 1992 until 1 December 2006. received a 1.1 billion exist package. It seems that denying claims and manipulating stock prices pays very well. It is estimated that this king of capitialism made 1.79 billion in his time at UNG. There is your redistribution of wealth Mr. A.
    4)Christians are admonished not to have false idols. You need to stop the Regan worship, He presided over the largest tax increases in U.S. history, on private contractors and was the first president to tap into the social security trust fund to cover budget shortfalls. He was the first U.S. President to run from a fight, the bombing of the Marine barracks in Lebanon, don't tell us he brought down the Soviet Union, you are not that naieve are you. Regan almost tripled the national debt to $2.6 trillion with his tax cuts for the rich. When Bush 43 took office the National debt was about 5.4 trillion, on 1-20-09 the debt was over 10.4 trillion.
    5) I will not waste my time refuting your Limbotimized notions about FDR.
    6)You sir are what I suspect to be a paid shill for the corporations, sent to plant the seeds of misinformation. You argue for less regulations while you want privatization of profits and the socialization of the loses. They (whoever they are) eat caviar while we eat mercury tainted fish
    7)Yes, capitalism build this country, on the backs of the slaves, with the sweat of child labor and the death of thousands in poor working conditions. Unions gave us a 40hr. week, time and a half after that 40, workmen’s comp. coverage, safer work conditions and in some cases a decent living wage. However, unregulated capitalism grows to be a cancer as witnessed with the recent financial meltdown. History has shown us that lower taxes lead to market bubbles. Be honest Miguel and look at history, every time we have had large tax reductions there have been huge rises in the stock market for 3 to 4 yr. followed by large crashes. The only way corporate money is reinvested in the company is when the taxes are too high to remove the money in the form of profits.
    8)You sir are a Limbaugh looney.
  • 1
    What is Michael Moore's net worth? I think it's rather hypocritical of him to lecture us on the "evils" of capitalism when he's a millionaire several times over. Like all his movies he just chooses the material that supports his agenda and edits out everything that contradicts it. Good example; the hatchet job he did with the Charlton Heston interview in Bowling for Columbine. He edited out most of the interview to make Charlton Heston look like a senile old fool. A great American of the caliber of Charlton Heston deserved better. Then there's Fahrenheit 9/11. Rent Fahrenhype 9/11 and you'll see it in a totally different light.

    Here's some facts:

    1. Capitalism is what made this country great. Capitalists are the ones who create the jobs. Have you ever gotten a job from a poor person? This country was founded on the principles of Free Enterprise, Individual Liberty and Opportunity, and Individual Rights and Responsibility. This country was not founded on the principles of a Nanny State based on Collectivist Socialism, Class Warfare, and Wealth Redistribution. If socialism is so great, why don't you want to live in such Socialist utopias like Cuba, Venezuela, or North Korea?
    2. The present economic crisis was caused by social policies instituted under the Carter administration and reinforced during the Clinton administration; it just blew up during the GWB administration (the same way that Clinton reaped the benefits of the Reagan policies. GWB and Republicans in Congress tried to reform and rein in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and were shot down by the Dem. controlled Congress.
    3. The problems with the auto industry and the reason a lot of companies are outsourcing and relocating to other countries can be attributed to a. the stranglehold unions have on many industries and b. the increasing taxation of said industries. Both just increase the cost of production, which in turn increases the price of the product, making them less competitive in the market. Compare the Big 3 auto plants against a Toyota plant in the U.S. Average assembly line worker wages for a Big 3 plant is $80.00/hr. Average wages at the Toyota plant is about $40.00/hr.
    Which one do you think makes better profits?
    4. The profits of companies don't just go to the bank accounts of some few "Fat Cats" sitting in a penthouse office drinking good Scotch and smoking Havanas. They get reinvested into R&D, retooling, physical plant improvements, etc... The rest goes off to pay stockholders.
    A company that is profitable is able to expand thus creating more jobs.
    5. Most stockholders are average people. Where do you think the funding for most pension funds come from? They come from stock investments.
    6. Obama is now making all the mistakes that FDR did during the Great Depression. FDR's policies actually extended and made the Depression much worse. Obama was the most radical member of Congress the little time he was there. All the opposition to him is not racially motivated. It is motivated by his politics and policies.
  • 5
    The poster, alone, makes me want to see this movie. Of course, I heard Michael Moore talk about it on Democracy Now with Amy Goodman and its right up my alley. Haven't see it yet, but I plan on a lot of laughs and some good info. Who wants to join Patty and me for the new Michael Moore movie tonight. Patty wants to go downtown, but we are up for negotiation. Karena
  • 5
    Ron is cluesless and xenophobe and anyone who follows him and calls others names just because - are usually just mouthing the words of haters like beck, limpballs & hatetity.

    Like everything else, too much of anything i.e. capitalism is good for nothing.

    "Ron Paul is my President"
  • 5
    Everything Micheal Moore has learned in his film-making career comes together in this film. His questions are incisively framed to throw that "corporatist" lingo right back in their faces. Moore educates us about the difference in American priorities--between greed and community. And he shows us how to win our country back from that top 1% who care not for the United States of America, but for the Unified States of Plutocracy. Everyone in the theater stood up and cheered.
  • 4
    If there ever was a person with no clue it has to be Michael Moore! And what caused this last recession was not capitalism it was the policticans making private business make loans to persons who had no business getting loans. And the mortgage crisis loans business had to make loans to persons or eles and loans that were 100% or more than the value of the home. Which made it easy for people to walk away from their home because they had no money involved (no down payment) so it was easy for theme to walk away. Fannie Mae and Fannie Max were run by politicans puppets and kept making loans to persons not credit worthy and now the people who make their payments will have to pay for politicans and uncredit worthy persons caused. These persons were not supprised that the mortgage payment who have those adjustments coming they just waited for the adjustments and walked away. You know your decisions have consequences so why do others have to pay for it is my question! As far as capitalism it not perfect but what system is better, I am waiting for an answer! What policticans want now is Socialism and the World has abundence of evidence of its failure.
  • 5
    I loved this movie. Totally eye opening. I laughed, I cried, got angry and had a throughly enjoyable time at the movies. Made me question many of my choices and ideals. Everyone in this country needs to see this movie! Moore did a great job bringing the current issues of the US to the forefront in an unbiased, balanced way.
  • 4

    YOU CAN mock Jesus, insult Mohammed and meet Buddha on the road and kill him, but if you dare to question the genius of capitalism, you've really blasphemed. To say that capitalism's unregulated excesses create misery, waste and waves of uncertainty, to go fully on the offensive, as Michael Moore does in his collage-doc**entary Capitalism: A Love Story, you can expect loads of feedback.

    The study begins more or less with Jimmy Carter: "Along came Debbie Downer," Moore says sarcastically. Carter's accurate forecast of debt and dependency on foreign oil caused him to be swept aside by cheery spokesman Ronald Reagan. Newly elected, Reagan spoke for Wall Street—today, Reagan's "We're going to let the bull loose" sounds as pregnant as Merian C. Cooper's promise to Fay Wray: "You shall have the tallest, darkest leading man in Hollywood."

    Subsequent presidents didn't mess with the formula. Graphs here show what most will have already sussed out: since the Reagan-era tax cuts in the top percentiles, the urge to get rich by pumping the stock market through layoffs and increased working hours and productivity (but with wages gone stagnant) has flourished. Lastly, we have the ever-steady rise of debt as the submillionaire class filled the gap with credit cards.

    It's been 20 years since Moore made Roger & Me about the layoffs that devastated Flint, Mich. The only thing that has changed is that Flint is worse, and its woes have spread throughout the United States. Moore makes a nationwide tour of today's wreckage. He follows the collapse of the real estate market and interviews a self-confessed "vulture" picking the bones of condos in Florida.

    In Illinois, Moore sits with victims of a family-farm eviction. In upstate New York, he discusses airline companies squeezing pilots' wages, causing them to try everything from plasma selling to food stamps to make ends meet. Moore is never so dead-on as when observing the contrast between the public lionization of Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger III and the congressmembers who stayed away in droves when he testified about the frightful overworking of pilots. The film investigates the rise of "dead peasant" insurance policies, in which corporate employers try to make capital off deceased employees. Finally comes last year's bank bailout, conducted in secrecy and facilitated with the kind of fearmongering W and his team did best.

    Some of the enmity against Moore arises because of his looks. As Jay told Silent Bob, no one wants to see a fat man cry. But wouldn't it be a wonderful world if wealth made you obese? It would be stirring to see on Market Watch a parade of Goldman Sachs spokesmen, Wall Street Journal commentators and Treasury Department secretaries who looked like they would have to be buried in piano crates. Still, when Moore does the faux-naive thing—standing outside the New York Stock Exchange with a bullhorn or trying to buttonhole executives to get them to explain the derivatives market—he's wasting our time and his. At this point in his career, it's irrelevant for him to pretend that he doesn't know more than we do. He's just using the time-honored "Michigan Defense," as seen in Anatomy of a Murder: "Your honor, I'm just a humble country journalist, doing the best I can against this brilliant system."

    When Moore is at his best, it is not as defense lawyer but as prosecutor. And what's been worthwhile since 1989 is his tendency to sass back corporate spokesmen instead of taking their statements at face value. The man has a utopian vision, and this vision is lodged in his past: his father's 33 years at the GM plant provided a single income enough to pay off their house, send his kids to Catholic school and give him medical coverage and four weeks of vacation. When all of this was swept away through union-busting and plant closures, what, exactly, did Flint—what did any of us—get in return?

    Moore has to dig into the past to see what a future might be like. He plucks out of the memory hole a little-remembered 1944 speech of Franklin Roosevelt proposing a second bill of rights for American citizens. The speech is a beautiful summing up of Moore's thesis, a calm balance to Moore's extremely good use of found-footage montage and borrowed soundtrack music.

    The criticisms of Capitalism: A Love Story are obvious. It's one thing to note that the Italian constitution passed an equal-rights clause: in reality, has Italy vanquished sexism? The problem of the derivatives market deserves its own doc**entary—and has it, in new doc**entary American Casino. Naturally, Moore could have taken his cameras to walled enclaves and country clubs to prove that unregulated capitalism is the best of all possible worlds. Fox News et al. do a good job of finding svelte Republicans to remind us that racism is over, the recession is corrected and everything will be fine once Obama is run out of town. You could quote Baroness Thatcher's favorite comment on socialism—"Eventually, you run out of other people's money"—while neglecting to remember how Karl Marx wrote that this, precisely, was an essential problem of capitalism.

    But Sicko energized the current debate over health care. Who knows what this doc**entary will touch off? Here, Moore opens a door that most of the powers that be would like to remain closed. This call for democratic socialism sounds loud, clear and not at all shrill after 30 bruising years of privatization, layoffs and shameless corporate thievery. Hugely entertaining, Capitalism: A Love Story will get people in touch with an anger they didn't know they possessed—and a hope they didn't dare let themselves feel
  • 5
    If you think Ron Paul is President, I'd say you have no clue.

    This is Moore's best, and that's saying something. Having sat through the black screen soundtrack of Fahrenheit 911, white-knuckles and tears, having sat through the health care horror stories, some of them similar to what I've experienced first hand, I thought I'd never see him top that. Bowling for Columbine before those films struck a raw, exposed nerve in America and the gun nuts went nuts.

    But this is a film that will stimulate America in a new way, because about 95% of us have taken a terrible financial beating in the last year. You may not agree with his conclusions, but his facts are straight and his reasoning is sound. We live in a state of crony capitalism, which is not similar in the least to what the right wing keeps saying we must preserve, namely "the free market system". Our system is NOT free market, and the film makes this clear.

    If you like Moore's films in general you will love this one, even though it may make your head swim and feel even less secure than you do now. If you don't like Moore's films, you should still see it anyway, not because I think you ought to help him set another new record for doc**entary film ticket sales, but instead because there are a lot of true things in the film that you may not be aware of.

    Five stars, another great film, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

    -Wexler
  • 1
    Moore's movie, "Capitalism: A Love Story", is coming out Oct 2nd. Some say it's his best film. From what I've heard, he's got NO clue what capitalism is, but he's blaming the bankers..

    To me, Capitalism is illegal in the USA and it's waged with wars on drugs and terrorism, which operates on a "black market" AKA capitalism.

    These folks need to learn Michael Moore is calling corpratism capitalism, and until we the people get this straight, we will remain slaves to bankers.

    It should be called, "Corporatism, A love story."

    Ron Paul is my President

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