Now that Fahrenheit 9/11 has made a cool hundred million smackers, (bet Disney’s still kicking themselves over that one) Michael Moore’s planning his new flick, Sicko. Now I know there are certain people out there who don’t dig Michael Moore (gasp!) and despise every movie he makes.
Even though I’m a Moore fan myself, I can still respect that there’s oodles of people who would like to bash him with a large rock in the same fashion that Nolte attempted to smush De Niro’s noggin in Cape Fear. Heck, his last two movies were about guns, Columbine, 9/11, Iraq, and the Bush administration and any filmmaker would have pissed off at least one half of the country no matter which side of the issue he/she took.
But this upcoming movie, Sicko, is going to be a critique of HMOs. Now, correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t HMO’s universally loathed no matter which side of the political fence you’re on? I’ve always considered it to be sort of like airplane food or waiting in line at the DMV, or movies that aren’t Almost Famous starring Kate Hudson; there can’t actually be people who like these things, can there? I mean, personally, I don’t know anybody who’s like “Rah-Rah! HMO! They do the best they can, you know!” or “HMOs! HMOs! They’re your man! If they can’t do it, I’m sure they have a perfectly plausible explanation, er…Stan!”
Okay, so you can see why I never did make head cheerleader.
My idealistic point is, to all of you non-Michael Moore people out there…why not give this upcoming flick a shot? We can agree to disagree on the various partisan issues of the day, but perhaps we all hold hands and rejoice at a movie that skewers health-maintenance organizations. And if we can get to that point, can we additionally agree in unison to boycott any movies that aren’t Almost Famous starring Kate Hudson? Can I get an amen?