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Roger & Me

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Poster for Roger & Me Yesterday, Leif and me went to see Roger & Me, another, older, documentary by Michal Moore that was shown in a local arts cinema – probably due to the popularity of Bowling for Columbine.

With 'Me' being Michael Moore, it remains to say that 'Roger' refers to Roger Smith, boss of General Motors. The film deals with General Motors laying of ten-thousands of workers in their factories in Flint, Michigan – Michael Moore's hometown. In similar but perhaps a bit more innocent style, Michael Moore tries to meet Roger Smith and show him the misery his executive decisions caused in Flint – virtually killing the town.

Of course this doesn't happen. Not only is 'Roger' hard to meet and surrounded by PR and security smokescreens – also a company lobbyist reminds us very clearly of a fact easily forgotten: If well done, capitalism is inhumane. Running a company only implies responsibility for your profits but not for the people working for the company.

To further add a human touch, we frequently see scenes with the local deputy sherriff carrying out evictions of people who couldn't pay their rent anymore – due to losing their jobs at GM, it is implied. The other 'human touch' is from that woman selling rabbits as pet or as meat to supplement her welfare benefit. Needless to say this caused more gasps in the audience than the family with a couple of little children evicted from their house on christmas eve (along with their tree).

The film could be seen as a reminder that it's not a good idea to let the livelihood of a whole region depend on a single company. Recent comments here suggest that this isn't the only way in which GM used their influence to 'improve' that region of the United States.

[Buy at amazon .com, .uk, .de]

February 28, 2003, 21:11

Tagged as film, michael moore.


Comment by Stephen: User icon

I thought Roger and Me was and excellent film, but I have a question to ask. Do you want to really drive a point home, make a film that affects all the people. Start informing people on the way the government wants to cut social security, but still has the best retirement plan for any body involed in goverment. Teachers, soldiers, police, firemen, office workers, anybody that works for the goverment has a better pension than the people in the private sector, I mean except for the CEO’s. Who pays for all these wonderful retirement plans, the poor people that are going to have their retirement taken from them. The sad part about it, most goverment employees do not pay social security. I can go on and on about this subject, I think it will amaze people in the difference, between the private sector’s retirement and the public sectors retirement. The sad part about it, social security is more than likely paying for it all. I mean, here they want to rob my retirement but give all their people a better plan. I am not even talking about the politicians retirement plan. When did the idea start that the government is America, I thougt the people of this great land were America. Our great founding fathers of this country said to not question your goverment is unpatriotic. Wake up America we are the greatest plan ever put together to form a nation. Lets not go like blind sheep, remember WE THE PEOPLE.

September 1, 2005, 1:46

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