Flint was a paradise: their GM factory was the most modern and efficient of them all, its workforce the best trained and motivated. Then, out of the blue - GM announces that they are closing the factory and moving to Mexico. Flint is destroyed. It now looks more like an Eastern European ghost city, its factory closed, houses borded up, empty dirty streets. One of those who lost their jobs was Michael Moore's father. Michael sets out to tell his father's story to the head of GM, Roger. The film is partly a bout Flint. All the failed attempts to bring new business to the town, and the various ways the inhabitants try to cope. The stupidity of the Town Council is amazing. Moore does not give them their jobs back, but he rescues them from anonymity; he gives them a voice, and a face. He tells that behind the profit margins, behind the business strategies, we have human beings. Humans with dreams and emotions, just like Roger. They do not have a Board, or millions of dollars backing them though. We also follow Michael Moore's hilarious attempts at meeting with Roger, just to ask him to go to Flint.
This is Moore's first film. In many ways it is is best, because it is so close to his heart. Hilariously funny, and hearbreaking at the same time. The episode of the rabbit lady, and the rather dim Miss Michigan, are minor classics.