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Dave White Profile

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  • 4.0

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  • 70

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Lots of Sicko stands as boffo political theater, but its major domo lost me by losing his sense of humor.

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  • 83

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    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The Cuban escapade, designed to provoke, backfires when he loses focus by including Cuban firefighters in an homage to 9/11 first responders.

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  • 88

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Highly entertaining and informative.

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  • 88

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    I have only one complaint, and it is this: Every American should be as fortunate as I have been. As Moore makes clear in his film, some 50 million Americans have no insurance and no way to get it.

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  • 90

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    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Michael Moore intelligently, comically and incisively diagnoses and calls for the treatment of a sick U.S. health care system.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Michael Moore takes on the healthcare system.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this pointed documentary isn't meant for younger children -- not that they're likely to be interested in subject material like medical insurance companies, drug company lobbying, and government legislation regarding medical treatment anyway. That said, Moore makes the sometimes-difficult material understandable and frequently entertaining. Expect some very sad stories of things and people lost -- loved ones, property, and even hope -- as well as brief, potentially upsetting images (bloody injuries, a mentally troubled patient being turned out onto the street, etc). Language includes one pointed use of "bitch," by a tearful woman remembering her work as an insurance agent, and a written "f--k you" glimpsed on a Web site.

  • Families can talk about Michael Moore's filmmaking style. He makes documentaries, but they're not always purely objective -- he sometimes presents information in a way that better makes his point. Is that OK? How does that affect the way you view his films? Do you have to agree with his views to enjoy his movies? How does he make viewers feel included in his journey in this movie? Does that make the topic more accessible, in spite of the complicated issues?

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    Messages: The film casts the healthcare industry and the U.S. government in a negative light, using potentially upsetting scenes -- children crying as their father leaves for Iraq, a woman discussing her husband's death, a patient being cast into the street by a hospital worker, etc. -- to make its point.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Some brief grisly medical imagery (for example, a knee being stitched in the opening scenes); photo of severed finger; references to Iraq war and images of detainees at Guantanamo Bay (they play soccer, but they are in prison).

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    Sex: Jokey use of President Bush's famous malapropism ("Too many OB-GYNs are not able to practice their love with women all over this country").

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    Language: A brief shot of an anti-Michael Moore Web site shows the written phrase "f--k you." In terms of what's said out loud, it's mostly pretty mild, including "suck," "bitch," and "ass."

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    Consumerism: Medical insurance and drug companies are named (Aetna, Pharma, etc.).

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Medications are dispensed and discussed.