Sicko – Warning! Do Not Ignore This Film


Directed, Written, and Starring Michael Moore (Bowling for Columbine)
Rated PG-13 for brief strong language
Appropriate for ages 10+
Release Date: November 6, 2007

I am saddened to know that many of the readers of this column will ignore this review, simply because they think that they don’t agree with the man who made it.  Let me start off then with a huge spoiler: THIS IS NOT A HILLARY COMMERCIAL.  In fact, he dismisses Hillary based on the amount of money that she accepts from the healthcare lobby.  Yeah, that surprised me too.  Sicko, being more like Bowling for Columbine, than the Bush-bashing Fahrenheit 911, provides for a very insightful, funny, yet powerful documentary on a very serious issue: Healthcare.  While some of it is a bit naive, and the last thirty minutes consists of Moore showboating in Cuba, there is no doubt that this is the most important film of the year and will cause much discussion, whether it is seen or unseen.  There is no doubt that the healthcare machine is broken in America, and as long as we have such a corrupt Washington, that will no change.  This is why I am thankful for people like Moore that are willing to take such a public stance on the issue and he is still fighting the system even after the movie release.  I highly advise watching the extra scenes on the special features of the DVD after viewing the film.  Due to time constraints, he was forced to cut them out, but many of the extra interviews and segments are very thought-provoking and worth watching.