The trailer below, for I Want Your Money, makes me understand why the right loathes Michael Moore so much. From the trailer alone, it’s hard to detect much difference between this documentary and, say, Fahrenheit 9/11, from a purely narrative standpoint. Ray Griggs — the guy behind this doc — attacks the Obama administration and its fiscal policies and smartly, I think, avoids social issues, where we on the left feel more self-righteously assured. He also finds knowledgeable talking heads to help him make his point, lampoons the left (especially easy target Pelosi), and the recurring use of the word Socialism makes me want to shove a can of paint down his throat.
In other words, it’s effective. And this is not some lunatic conspiracy doc that’s being released on YouTube. It opens in 500 theaters this weekend, folks. And my guess, given the current economic climate, and the hatred that the left has attracted over the last couple of years, is that it’s going to do well for a documentary. And that a movie you probably never heard of up until today may be a huge talking point on the cable networks come Monday.