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Michael Moore's CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY

Populist director Michael Moore takes a stab at the fat cats of Wall Street in his latest film CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY, a documentary about the financial crisis of 2007-2009 and the subsequent stimulus and bailout packages. CAPITALISM echoes similar themes from a 2003 Canadian documentary THE CORPORATION, a critical examination of the modern-day corporation and its behavior towards society.

Moore’s exposure grew with his previous works BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE, FAHRENHEIT 9/11, and SICKO, and it’s becoming harder and harder for him to ambush his targets. The trailer comes off exactly how you would expect a Moore film to be: pseudo-comical attempts at a citizen’s arrest on the AIG Board of Directors, embarrassing gotcha-journalism questions at the powers that be, all cut in with snippets of real people who are victims of the financial fallout. Regardless, there’s no denying that the film’s exploration of the consequences of corporate profiteering will resonate with recession-weary audiences.

Moore jokingly recommends it as a date flick:

It’s a crime story. But it’s also a war story about class warfare. And a vampire movie, with the upper 1 percent feeding off the rest of us. And, of course, it’s also a love story. Only it’s about an abusive relationship.

It’s not about an individual, like Roger Smith, or a corporation, or even an issue, like health care. This is the big enchilada. This is about the thing that dominates all our lives — the economy. I made this movie as if it was going to be the last movie I was allowed to make.

It’s a comedy. It will be the perfect date movie. It’s got it all: lust, passion, romance and 14,000 jobs being eliminated every day. It’s a forbidden love, one that dare not speak its name. Heck, let’s just say it: It’s capitalism.

CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY will be in theaters on October 2nd.