Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)

Movie: Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)

“On the 20-year anniversary of his groundbreaking masterpiece Roger & Me (1989), Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story comes home to the issue he’s been examining throughout his career: the disastrous impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans (and by default, the rest of the world). But this time the culprit is much bigger than General Motors, and the crime scene far wider than Flint, Michigan. From Middle America, to the halls of power in Washington, to the global financial epicenter in Manhattan, Michael Moore will once again take film goers into uncharted territory. With both humor and outrage, Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story explores a taboo question: What is the price that America pays for its love of capitalism? Years ago, that love seemed so innocent. Today, however, the American dream is looking more like a nightmare as families pay the price with their jobs, their homes and their savings. Moore takes us into the homes of ordinary people whose lives have been turned upside down; and he goes looking for explanations in Washington, DC and elsewhere. What he finds are the all-too-familiar symptoms of a love affair gone astray: lies, abuse, betrayal…and 14,000 jobs being lost every day. Capitalism: A Love Story is both a culmination of Moore’s previous works and a look into what a more hopeful future could look like. It is Michael Moore’s ultimate quest to answer the question he’s posed throughout his illustrious filmmaking career: Who are we and why do we behave the way that we do? Written by Overture Films”

  • Director: Michael Moore
  • Release Date:
    2 October 2009 (USA)
  • Run Time:
    127 min | Canada:105 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • Country: USA
  • Genre: Documentary , Drama
  • MPAA:
    Rated R for some language.

Trivia: Originally announced as a direct follow up to Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) after President Bush was elected to a second term, Moore gradually decided that the film would focus on corporate America, until the 2008 financial crisis and resulting Wall Street bailout prompted Moore to rework the film again to center on that story.

Goofs: Errors in geography: The film depicts a boarded-up house in Bellington, WA; there is no such city in Washington state. It likely meant to say Bellingham, WA.

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