"A major indictment on Corporate America's use and abuse of people"
The Film that made Documentaries cool...well kind of.Michael Moore took on the failure of the American Company to provide for its workers in Roger and Me. The simplistic goal of the movie was to find and interview Roger Smith to ask him why he was throwing away the community of Flint, Michigan. On a deeper level, Roger and Me was about the betrayal of the new American Corporation. Moore pointed out the values of the new corporation: throw away the community it built, raised, supported and never quite weaned. The promise that a company you went to work for, if you worked hard, were loyal, went to company picnics--that that company would be there for you, went belly up. Starting with Roger Smith, Moore placed the fall of the former sparkling jewel of the auto industry, Flint, squarly where it belonged, in the hands of GM. One of the best things about Roger and Me is its editing. Intercut with the speeches of GM's CEO Roger Smith's Christmas cheer is the reality of a Merry Christmas in Flint, a family being evicted. Filled with the reality of a rustbelt town on the edge, Roger and Me never fails to hit you with its gritty under the belt tactics. The characters Moore found were more than slices of Americana, they seem written, as if you could only find people like that at the movies. Reality is stranger than fiction, if you don't believe me I have two words: Rabbit Lady. Roger and Me remains one of the best documentaries ever produced and a hallmark in independant film. Made on less than a shoe-string, Moore continues to inspire other independant filmmakers.....Rabbit Lady