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About the Movie
Voted Best Documentary of the year by The National Board of Review, The National Society of Film Critics, The New York Film Critics Circle, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Circle, this is a highly personal, wryly humorous look at the closing of several General Motors plants in Flint, Michigan, the hometown of filmmaker Michael Moore (Emmy-nominee for "TV Nation"), which resulted in the elimination of 35,000 jobs. 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. Michael Moore's controversial but popular film has been included in numerous 10-Best Lists for 1989. The New York Times describes it as "rollicking... witty... leaving the audience roaring with laughter!"
This movie entertained me but it's misleading. Throughout the movie Moore claims to be tripping to interview Roger Smith, CEO of GM, to no avail. But now, years later, it is known that he did get his interview - two of them, in fact. He chose not to use them in this film, or even admit they happened, for dramatic effect. That's activism, not documentary filmmaking. So enjoy this work of fiction as a work of fiction, but don't confuse it with a real documentary because it's not.
Know what you're watching
My political leanings probably aren't too far off of Michael Moore's but I can't take manipulation of facts. If you know you are watching a propaganda piece, it's a pretty good ride. If you think this is an honest attempt at a story, please educate yourself. There are plenty of unbiased sources out there that have documented Moore's carefree approach with the facts.
Dishonest piece of fiction
Claims to be Documentary but it is a scripted work of fiction.
Claims to present facts but it is all made up, like every work by this director/actor.