MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2

Content: +2

FILM SYNOPSIS: A documentary written, directed and produced by Michael Moore (Fahrenheit 9/11, Bowling for Columbine), Sicko sets out to investigate the dysfunctional American healthcare system. Using his trademark dry, caustic humor, Moore compares U.S. medical care plans to those of existing ones in Canada, England, France and Cuba.

PREVIEW REVIEW: With his confrontational, often controversial approach, Michael Moore is a guy you either respect or find offensive. Over the years, beginning with Roger and Me, the portly propagandist has taken on the car manufacturing industry, President Bush, gun control, Republicans, an ailing Charlton Heston and now the business of health. Its difficult to look upon him the same way as when he tenaciously tracked down then General Motors chairman Roger Smith in 1989. It is reported that he earned $25 million for this latest production, and by his added girth, it would appear that Mr. Moore has since learned to accept the bounty of capitalism, if only during meal time.

Many believe that Moore has always blended his essay on corporate America with supposition and opinion, often using his political bent and savvy style to cover his version of the facts. That said, it cannot be denied that sickness is big business, run by conglomerates just as powerful as the oil industry or Capital Hill. Whatever your opinion of Mr. Moore, his latest filmed effort raises questions and encourages debate. Thats healthy in a society that seems manipulated by the greed and avarice of powers that be.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright

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Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: One obscenity (the f-word written on a anti-Moore website) and two minor expletives.

Profanity: I caught no misuse of Gods name.

Violence: We see where accidents have sliced off fingers. We see a man using needle and thread to stitch up a wound on his leg.

Sex: None

Nudity: We see the backside of a man as he prepares for an injection.

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: None

Other: None

Running Time: 113 minutes
Intended Audience: Older Teens and Adults

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