Friday, January 12, 1990
The Michigan Daily
A town without pity (or jobs)
R oger & Me
dir. Michael Moore
BY ALYSSA KA TZ
Don't let all the hype put you
.off: Roger & Me is an excellent,
wildly entertaining film, a documen-
:tary that, like Errol Morris' Th e
Thin Blue Line, sends the genre off
in new directions. Michael Moore,
:the seemingly unassuming but devi-
.ously vicious creator/protagonist of
this film, takes the presumption that
a documentary must present an ob-
jective, unbiased account of a situa-
tion and tosses it out the window.
The Flint native makes it clear, from
the mnoment he cranks up home
movies of his childhood and talks in
a voiceover about growing up in a
family where everyone worked for
General Motors, that he has a spe-
cific, personal agenda: showing the
world how GM's '80s Flint plant
closings and the shifting of thou-
sands of jobs to 70-cents-an-hour
Mexico has devastated the city.
Despite its depressing theme,
Roger & Me isn't a doom 'n' gloom
portrayal of the situation; in fact,
it's truly funny and its rarely stable
tone is most often ironic. Moore
isn't afraid to make fun of people,
and he doesn't limit himself to
mocking Roger Smith, the chairman
of GM and holy grail who Moore re-
lentlessly seeks to interview. Every-
one from earnest promoters of Flint
tourism to seasonally color-coordi-
nated Amway sales-women to Pat
Boone, native son Bob Eubanks, and
Miss Michigan Kaye Lani Rae
Rafko is mercilessly embarrassed by
Moore and his crew, who take all the
moments that "nice" documentary
filmmakers would have left on the
cutting room floor and relish them,
putting them right up front. The rich
of Flint are made to look equally
ridiculous - we get to see a "Great
Gatsby" garden party for which
unemployed auto workers have been
charitably hired as human statues.
The victims of the the plant clos-
ings become the film's good guys,
as they just try to exist day to day.
The most striking of these is Rhoda
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