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Source: Catholic News Service

Michael Moore's excoriating documentary expose of the American health care system, in which he sets out to demonstrate the superior medical treatment people receive in countries such as Canada, England, France and even Cuba, each with tax-based socialized medicine resulting in patients having seemingly few if any out-of-pocket expenses. Moore's approach is audacious and unabashedly one-sided, but with his breezy, sardonic commentary, the film is highly entertaining and makes a strong case for our present system being strangely at odds with the otherwise humane aspects of the American character. However, he's on shakier ground when he suggests the system is a nefarious plot to keep us in fearful submission. Brief shot of a man stitching his own wound. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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