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Running Time:
1 hour, 53 minutes

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
for brief strong language.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
This is Michael Moore's best documentary yet and surely one of his most important. You’ll laugh till you cry.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Sicko Goes to Washington; This Country Beats France; Uniquely American; What if You Worked for G.E. in France?; Sister Mary Fidel; Who Would Jesus Deny?; More With Mike & Tony Benn; A Different Kind of Hollywood Premiere; "Alone Without You" music video performed by The Nightwatchman; Interview gallery; Theatrical trailer; Language: English Dolby 5.1; Subtitles: Spanish, Enlgish SDH

The controversial but always entertaining documentary filmmaker Michael Moore ("Bowling for Columbine") takes on the often-criticized American health care system, the HMOs, the pharmaceutical corporations and the U.S. medical profession including a number of horror stories of denied claims, one of which led to the death of the patient. He also has done an extensive study of how inadequate our medical care is - we are 37th, just above Slovenia. He's gone all the way back to the '70's with Nixon's plan to privatize health care with Edgar Kaiser. This is surely Moore's best and one of his most important documentaries ever.

The project began when Moore posted a request for "health care horror stories" on his website-and received over 25,000 e-mails the first week. He focused only on the plight of the insured (versus the 47 million Americans without health insurance). He shot more than 500 hours of footage in his attempt to determine why the world's richest country doesn't offer free universal health coverage to all its citizens.

In one of the most memorable sequences, Moore takes a group of 9/11 workers and uninsured American citizens to Guantanamo Bay. That's the only place that has universal health care coverage in the United States; and it's offered expressly to our so-called enemy combatants. In his typical style, Moore asks them to see his group and is met with a loud siren. So, he takes them into Cuba where the workers are all given check-ups and are honored for their bravery by a Cuban Fire Brigade.

Another shocking sequence features an interview with a whistle blower Dr. Linda Peeno, a former medical examiner for Humana, who clearly states that her top priority was to save the company money. She was rewarded with lavish bonuses as one of the medical examiners who denied the most claims.

Moore also documents his visits to Canada, Great Britain, and France, where free health care is the norm. "Sicko" will obviously bring out many Michael Moore haters and will have people taking legitimate shots at its logic. However, you can't deny that this is an entertaining and thought provoking movie. One that you won't soon forget.

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