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Roger and Me 1989

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4.2 out of 5 stars (21) IMDb 7.5/10

Armed with a razor-sharp wit, compassion and more than a little chutzpah, Moore offers his perceptions of what went wrong in Flint, and chronicles his much-thwarted efforts to meet face-to-face with the big man himself, GM chairman Roger Smith.

Starring:
Michael Moore, James Bond Iii
Runtime:
1 hour, 30 minutes

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Genres Documentary
Director Michael Moore
Starring Michael Moore, James Bond Iii
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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Of course this is Moore's first movie, and although it was made on a very low budget, I thought it was just as great and touching as >Bowling for Columbine<. It was fascinating to follow Moore on his quest to get an interview with Roger, the untouchable and heroic (at least to Wall Street) CEO of General Motors, who was responsible for closing the GM plant in Flint, Michigan and 6 others across the United States (so that, for example, other factories could be opened in Mexico that would exploit the cheap labor forces). Moore not only shows us how the blue collar workers were affected by the lay-offs, but he has also managed to get the opinions of some members of the upper class of Flint. So, on the one side, you've got all these people that are getting thrown out of their homes because they don't have a job and can't pay the rent, and on the other side of town the rich are playing golf and throwing parties, condemning the unemployed for being lazy or not innovative enough. With some examples, Moore demonstrates that this kind of thinking is indeed wrong to a large extent; many people of Flint did try to find other ways of making a living, but certainly the means and possibilities available in a city that had just had the rug pulled out from under its feet are extemely limited. The film culminates with a Christmas speech wherein the speaker expresses how important it is for American citizens to be charitable and show good will to their fellow men, while yet another unemployed mother and children get kicked out of their house in Flint. An awesome documentary!!!
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There is no disputing Michael Moore has recently become a massive franchise in his own right despite - we hope - him still opposing the concept of such a thing.
In the UK Moore's recent films are less enlightening than I imagine them to be in the States but they still prove amusing. Fahrenheit 9/11 is nothing different to what we have been seeing every day on the BBC and the wacky gun nut expose that was Bowling for Columbine, despite being and excellent piece of film making, doesn't affect us, it is just those crrrraaazzyyy Americans shooting each other again.
Roger and Me is different, it is Moore's virgin outing, even before the excellent TV Nation and Awful Truth TV Series (well worth importing on region 1 from amazon.com as I did). It is well before the Moore hype of late and he is indisputably talking from the heart at all times.
You see a town - Flint (Moore's home town); home of General Motors absolutely ravaged be plant closures and the resulting social consequences. I looks like the sort of images you saw in post communism Russia after the Iron Curtain fell! Virtually 100% unemployment (apart from the Bailiff you see throwing people from their shanty-town-like homes). People skinning pet rabbits for meat, children's beds being thrown onto the street and poor people being paid to be "statues" at rich people's parties! (seriously).
The image presented in the film is a far cry from the American dream, and it is genuinely shocking from the outside because, this time, I really didn't know this sort of this happened in America.
Essential for any Moore fan, brilliant for anyone who wants to look at the true social structure of small town America.
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Yes , I am a liberal conservative and despite Moore benefiting , massively financially from attacking the capitalist or more relevant for today , corporatism , he raises good points . I think it is wrong for companies making profits to lay off workers to boost the value of company stocks at the benefit of the few at the expense of the many .I think its wrong for companies to ship jobs overseas to increase profits . It has Also resulted in an emboldened super wealthy , dangerous power like China to rise out of the ashes .This doc is well made and I agree with some of the dangers of capitalism when profits are made , but jobs cut .
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Admittedly, this film would appeal more to residents of the US. But it is important as it first brought Michael Moore to prominence. It may not be generally known that there was an epilogue "Pets or Meat" (about 25 minutes long) which appeared on TV a couple of years later. It shows what happened to some of the principal actors since the original movie was shot. As you can guess from the title, the Rabbit Lady features prominently. Others figuring in it include the sheriff and the Amway lady.

This epilogue does not appear on DVD. It may not deserve a DVD by itself, but would certainly have been an useful extra on the "Roger and Me" DVD. The good news is that it can be downloaded, if you know where to look on the internet.
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Say what you will about Michael Moore, but I think the guy knows how to make some very entertaining and interesting documentaries. I may not see eye-to-eye with him on a lot of things, but this was one entertaining film! This is the one that made his career what it is today. Highly praised by critics and audiences all around, "Roger & Me" proves to be a fascinating documentary filled with humor and heart.
The film revolves around the closing of General Motors factories in Flint, Michigan. The closings causes families to lose their homes, their jobs, and most of all their well-being. Michael Moore is determined to get General Motors Chairman Roger Smith to come down to Flint and see the devastation his company has caused. Of course, just trying to MEET the man throws all sorts of obstacles in Moore's way... and it's all caught on film! All of this equals an entertaining documentary that is unpredictable and untamed.
I'm not that big on documentaries, but I have to admit that I enjoyed this one. Michael Moore does an excellent job of bringing to light problems that may seem so insignificant to the rest of the world. And he's determined too, which is why this all works. He tries so many times to get in touch with Roger, no matter what kind of trouble he runs into. His passion is easily observed through this movie, that's for sure.
The DVD isn't the grandest of DVDs. It's not in widescreen, but for a movie like this it really isn't that big of a problem (I'm not even sure if this was originally shot in widescreen or not). The picture and sound quality is pretty good, considering how old it is. The theatrical trailer and commentary are the two special features on the DVD. I think an important film of this caliber should've received better DVD treatment, but what can you do?
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