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Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)

Michael Moore  |  R |  DVD
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  • Directors: Michael Moore
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: March 9, 2010
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (339 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0030Y11XS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,586 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Capitalism: A Love Story" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Sorry, House-Flippers And Banks -- You're Toast In Flint, MI
  • Congressman Cummings Dares To Speak The Unspeakable
  • NY Times Pulitzer Prize Winner Chris Hedges On The Killing Machine Known As Capitalism
  • The Rich Don't Go To Heaven (There's A Special Place Reserved For Them!)
  • What If, Just If, We Had Listened To Jimmy Carter In 1979?
  • The Omnivore's Dilemma? It's Capitalism
  • Commie Taxi Drivers -- "You Talkin' To Me?" -- In Wisconsin
  • How To Run The Place Where You Work
  • The Socialist Bank Of -- North Dakota?
  • The Bank Kicks Them Out, Max Kicks Them Back In
  • Teaser Trailer
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Michael Moore's didactic documentary style is actually a source of inspiration in Capitalism: A Love Story. This film, which explores the history of incongruence between American capitalism and democracy, is evidently a culmination of Moore's lifetime of research into this topic: he begins the movie by admitting his longstanding interest, rooted in childhood experiences in Flint, Michigan. As a result, the film displays an expertise that is less irritating than in Moore's earlier works, in which various loopholes can be found in one-sided presentations (see Bowling for Columbine). Here Moore employs his trademark tactics to make a satirical documentary that functions as a film-based, grassroots political strategy meant to provoke revolt. Consisting of patched-together clips from various eras and media outlets, the film weaves a narrative that underscores Moore's argument that while America is a success because of its democracy, it has been denigrated by capitalism, which he calls "a system of taking and giving, mostly taking." Capitalism: A Love Story is a patriotic call to arms that seeks to ignite rage in the viewer who is tired of political stupidity resulting in poverty and hardship among a dwindling middle class. It begins by tracing the growing gap between the rich and poor, from the Depression through the 1950s "free enterprise" boom. Using clips of FDR and Jimmy Carter warning against greed and inequality, Moore shows how gradually Americans came to accept Reaganomics, corporate corruption, then Bush-era swindling over time. This history serves as context for his explanation of the housing crisis, the collapse of banks, and Bush's covert, last-ditch efforts to pass sketchy bills on the cusp of Obama's election. Moore asks several lawyers, senators, and bankers, "What the **** happened?" and each offers intelligent assessments of situations that many American viewers still struggle to comprehend. Unfortunately, there are corny Moore moments throughout the film, such as when he takes an armored truck to various banking headquarters and harasses security guards to let him in to reclaim money stolen from the American public. Clips of Bush dancing juxtaposed with shots of people crying because they've lost their homes are melodramatic and only weaken Moore's arguments. Like Robin Hood, Moore seeks justice, but his greatest strength is as a translator between those speaking a complex political language and his viewers. Capitalism: A Love Story, while it does have a condescending tone throughout, does much to relay a complicated history that we all need to know for the sake of our own empowerment. --Trinie Dalton

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In presenting a “fireball of a movie that might change your life” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone), Moore “skewers both major political parties” (Claudia Puig, USA Today) for selling out the millions of people devastated by loss of homes and jobs to the interests of fat cat capitalists. Moore has “dug up some astonishing dirt” (Brian D. Johnson, Macleans), stories told in the faces of the foreclosed and evicted, in the food stamps received by hungry airline pilots, and in the courage of fired factory workers who refuse to go quietly. But more than a cry of despair, Moore’s film raises the possibility of hope. Capitalism: A Love Story is “The most American of films since the populist cinema of Frank Capra (It’s a Wonderful Life)” (Dan Siegel, Huffington Post ), “a movie that manages shrewdly, even brilliantly, to capitalize on the populist anger that has been sweeping the nation” (Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal ). Capitalism: A Love Story is loaded with over 90 minutes of hilarious extended and deleted scenes, as well as exciting and informative featurettes profiling Americans and American businesses!

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231 of 265 people found the following review helpful
"Capitalism" opens with disclaimer from some old film, and then segues into scenes from police videos of people robbing banks and convenience stores. Moore likes to make comparisons. In this case he wants to show us who the real thieves are, and they don't tend to be desperate drug addicts wearing hoodies.

To me that's what Moore's latest film is: a cinematic treatise on crime. Moore uses his excellent skills as an editor to piece together films in a manner that makes you want to scream "Where does he find this stuff?" to paint a telling picture of what America is: a plutocracy. And yes, Mike uses that word and wants us all to learn it, even providing a definition straight out of a textbook.

What Moore also excels at is humanizing crises and the class war by showing us just who's affected by these forces and why. We're shown people, real people being thrown out of their homes, being pushed out of their jobs, being paid meager salaries to do dangerous, complicated work, and being informed that companies profited from the deaths of their loved ones through something called "dead peasant insurance."

He even speaks to various clergy to try and find any sort of modern moral justification for capitalism. He can't. One priest even goes as far as to state flatly that "Capitalism is radically evil."

Yeah.
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83 of 102 people found the following review helpful
Once upon a time people were "taught" to think the King spoke for GOD and that was that. Today we are "taught" Capitalism is the "natural order of things" and "works better than any other system". Both arguments were used to uphold the divine right of Kings. Some things never change. People want leaders. Why,is beyond me. Even the Old Testament tells Israel you may have your King but it will not make you happy.Great movie, Mike. Your best yet. Problem is, people do not have a vision of how to live in a world without "Leaders". Without a vision of non-hierarchical power structures people are clueless to what replaces them. Democracy was started into play in America,in a small way--but became still born by the 1840's. Since then it has just been a tool of power for the wealthy to steal from the poor.I really wish Michael Moore had stayed with and backed Ralph Nader. President Obama is going to break his heart.You told a great story, Mr.Moore. A true story. If you make a wonderful romantic comedy in which everyone turns out HAPPY! HAPPY! HAPPY!!! in the end with great wealth due to the wonders of Freedom and the Free Market you would make a ton of money. I bet the folks that ran the Colosseum in Rome made a ton of money also. Thanks for the effort. In your "Love Story" you told the truth. People want the pretty lie. I loved how you re-cased Jesus as Milton Friedman,genius. Give my love to the good Fathers in your film. I really mean that. I have lived so long that the Roman Catholic Church has become less hierarchical than my government.More just also. Will go back and see the movie again and buy the DVD as soon as possible. Hope we meet in the streets someday. Now that would be change!!!!
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58 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Visual Refutation of Americanized Capitalist Theory February 3, 2010
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The short list of what can be considered documentary film classics has yet another wonderful addition by legendary filmmaker Michael Moore. It is a visual spanning of the history of corporate influence over our political leaders and how this has poisoned the entire establishment nearly beyond repair. I will never forget the segment of a presidential speech, showed roughly around the beginning of this film, of a man standing behind president Reagan who leans in and says angrily in his ear: "HURRY IT UP; WE DON'T HAVE ALL DAY!" The camera then freezes on Reagan's shocked face as the narrator simply asks, "Who speaks to the president like this?" It graphically shows you how much influence is measured by the corporations over our political leaders. This film in particular strikes higher notes than Moore's previous films in that it takes you back to the roots of earlier documentaries and brings out more ample and articulate forms of evidence in support of the general thesis. Capitalism: A Love Story seeks to expose the corruption of our varied form of greedy Capitalism, and to replace it with a more democratized base system, typically referred to as Leftist-Libertarianism or Libertarian-Socialism.

People in the United States generally speak of Socialism as something awful, pointing to Russia and China as examples of the dangers of far leftist thought. But if they would simply take the time to read into some of their literature of political theory, they would realize that there are branches within the movement which are infinitely distinct from those totalitarian nations. It is a category mistake to assume that socialism entails totalitarianism, as if what you see in Russia and China were totally across the board.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I like to think critically
I like to see different point of views before forming my own. This is the right way to go in my opinion.
Published 4 days ago by sayonara rocha
5.0 out of 5 stars Flint's own Michael Moore
This movie, which shows how our economy collapsed at the end of the Bush regime, manages to make awful things funny. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Motown Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Michael Moore...
I like him and all his films so I enjoyed and learned from this. I also shared it with my students and it opened their eyes.
Published 23 days ago by Ehsan Salek
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST SEE
I highly recommend that every American watch Michael Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story". It should be mandatory for all schools, from High School on up should have every... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Victor M. Trinidad
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic movie
I love it!
It is very informative, opens my eyes to a lot of the struggles in America.

I recommended this movie to my friends and family and anyone who calls... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Madison Biggs
3.0 out of 5 stars Capitalism: A Con.
Sad to see the power the banksters have over most of is, and it's all a fraud with most authorities in on it.
Published 1 month ago by Scott D. Universita
5.0 out of 5 stars Another homerun by the king of American documentaries.
This is among the most important American documentaries ever made. Michael Moore hits it right on the head... again. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Erik L.
5.0 out of 5 stars good movie
thought it was well scripted and filmed. was a sign of the times we were going through. Would see again
Published 1 month ago by Sally Sprague
3.0 out of 5 stars Product Mis-labeling Alert
The film gets its two stars for verve and humor, and one more for highlighting genuinely seamy examples of shady interrelationsips between business and government, the trading of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by dean59
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Moore at his finest
Well written documentary, Michael Moore shines. Brings up so many good points about capitalism and where we are today and why.
Published 2 months ago by Sheryl Z. McCool
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And all the consequences that are to come from that blind pursuit of very short term riches even the rich who thought they benefited in the end will not be able to escape them .
Sep 10, 2011 by Mitch |  See all 2 posts
Do you think Michael can look at himself first before looking at others?
He is a fat SOB, but are his statements factually wrong?

The Moore movie addressing American obesity would be hypocrisy. He is the first to claim that Americans are fat.
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