The Big One

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Michael Moore, renowned documentary filmmaker and champion of the working class, travels the country on a promotional tour for his book "Downsize This!" Along the way, Moore offers scathing political commentary at book signings and converses with folks who are struggling to get by, from union organizers to the unemployed. Moore and his camera crew also attempt several surprise interviews with corporate CEOs, and he eventually manages to land a conversation with Nike's Phil Knight.

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Michael Moore
Director
Michael Moore
Writer
Jim Czarnecki
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Jeremy Gibson
Executive Producer
Tia Lessin
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David Mortimer
Executive Producer
Dianne Griffin
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Jay Sherman-Godfrey
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Jeremy Tepper
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Critic Reviews for The Big One

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  • Aug 03, 2010
    The politics of filmmaker Michael Moore are very in your face, brash and uninvited. Still, his almost ridiculous obnoxious mannerisms and quirks usually make for a great watch, his grandstanding on public property and plights to meet with big business leaders legendary. His points are usually valid, his demeanor that of a figure with sound mind and researched facts, but I think we can all agree that he chops around what is true to make his documentaries. Instead of the usual narration, statistics, and actual message to bring to the American people, he lets us look at the behind the scenes action on his book tour, crossing America in a haphazard manner. You would think it would be a standard tour, just bringing out the actions of the book, but oh no, that isn't quite dramatic enough for Michael Moore's tastes. Instead he takes on every downsizing corporation in the towns he travels to, including my native capitol, Madison, Wisconsin. The reason I'm perturbed by this film over his other documentaries, is the laissez faire approach, the unknowing to where he's going next, what he's trying to get across, and who is responsible. He has a target, but for every argument he makes against something in his documentaries, there's hardly ever any suggestions to fix it. Here he wants corporations to stop moving jobs overseas, so the alternative is pretty simple. He even meets with unionized bookstores along the way. I enjoyed the comedic aspects, the belaboring care for the people he meets, and the protests of what is moral in this country. It just wasn't a part of the grandiose masterpieces I am used to.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 03, 2009
    From the 1997 Toronto Film Festival. As much as I dislike Michael Moore, I have to admit this film produced by him is pretty good. Shows How Corporate America, is here for one thing and that?s to line there pockets with poor and middle class folks money. Movie jobs to Mexico and South America and US Prisons. Why did you leave out India Michael, have you ever had a computer that needed customer service, oh no that?s right you've gotten rich by writing books and making movies that also deface America. Ok I am off my Soap Box. Buy before I step down, Michael why don't you come to Ft Benning Georgia for a tour some day. 3 Stars. A rental Only I doubt that you will watch it more then once or Lend it put.
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 30, 2008
    A lot of fun for Moore fans, more like his TV show than his more recent documentaries. A lot of fun poking fun at the rich and powerful while following his book tour.
    Christopher B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 09, 2007
    In retrospect, one of Michael Moore's weaker efforts. I liked mainly because I wanted to see something from Moore other than Roger and Me...but the best was yet to come.
    John B Super Reviewer

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