Documentarian Michael Moore visits several countries (Italy, Finland, France, Slovenia, Tunisia and Iceland) and finds out that they have solved problems we continue to struggle with in the US. He suggests that we steal their ideas on education, prison reform, drugs, and bank management. With Krista Kiuru and Tim Walker. Directed by Michael Moore. Some dialogue is in Italian with English subtitles. [1:50]
SEX/NUDITY 6 - A man and a woman are seen fully nude (bare breasts, pubic region, genitals, chest and abdomens are seen). Men and women are shown topless (bare breasts and chests are shown) and one woman is seen wearing pasties. A fully nude man is shown from the back as he is searched when entering a prison and he is told to bend over and spread his cheeks (we see his bare back, buttocks and legs). A poster shows a topless woman and her bare breasts are shown. A male statue displays frontal nudity (we see bare chest, abdomen, genitals and legs). Teenage girls are sown wearing bikinis outside a neighborhood swimming pool (cleavage and abdomens are seen). Two boxers are shown bare-chested (their bare chest sand abdomens are visible). A man and a woman are shown wearing swimsuits in several photographs and they are embracing in most of them. A man is shown wearing a Speedo brief. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage. A woman wears a tight-fitting T-shirt that reveals nipples through the fabric. Bare-chested men are seen wearing trunks.
► A man says that Italians always look like they just had sex. A cartoon skunk talks of making love and romance. We see a sex education class and a classroom of teenagers listen to their teacher talk about pregnancy, contraception methods and sex.
VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A video shows a drone firing on a compound and the ensuing explosion (presumably people were inside). A video shows prisoners being brutally beaten by guards and bitten by a dog (we see blood on the prisoner's pant leg). We see a video of a police officer grabbing a teenage girl by the arm and wrestling her to the ground. A man is pressed to the ground by several police officers and we hear him saying that he cannot breathe (we understand that he died later). We hear a news report that a doctor was gunned down in a church and we see a pool of blood on the floor. We see students walking through metal detectors to get into their schools. Many students are shown protesting tuition increases in Germany.
► We see a video of men being shocked by a machine. We see a photograph of the burned and charred remains of a man. We see a photograph of a burning church. We see a photograph of a man hung from a tree. We see a photograph of a mass grave filled with many bodies.
► We see newsreel footage of oil fields engulfed in flames in the Middle East. Tanks are shown firing in a field. We see a news report that shows a bridge collapsed and many vehicles crashed and crushed on an around it. We see newsreel footage of people hammering the Berlin Wall and portions of it collapsing.
► A teacher talks about Hitler and a "fleeing suitcase" that Jews were required to pack before going to a concentration camp. We hear a report about a man who murdered 54 teenagers. We hear a news report that a man was found frozen to death in his own home after his gas was turned off. A woman says, "Stress causes a lot of sickness." We hear that there is an 80% recidivism in the US and 20% in Norway. We hear that a man set himself on fire in the street. A woman says that someone called her and said that her brother was shot dead. We hear about the collapse of Iceland's economy.
► Many people dressed as armed soldiers are shown singing and dancing in a stage production.
PROFANITY 5 - About 6 F-words and its derivatives, 2 sexual references, 1 scatological term, 2 anatomical terms, 2 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for African-Americans, name-calling (scum, insane). [profanity glossary]
SUBSTANCE USE - We hear that the use of drugs is not illegal in Portugal and people are seen smoking marijuana in a park, a man says that he has a pocket full of cocaine (we do not see it), and we see videos of drug busts and hear about crack cocaine and African-American men being jailed for drug related crimes. A man pours a glass of beer at lunch (we do not see him drink), three people drink wine, and many people are shown with mugs of beer. A woman smokes a cigarette until a man takes it away from her and smokes from it and then returns it to her.
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Losing wars, wasting money, foreclosures, police violence, abortion, school lunches, healthcare, taxes, maternity leave, social welfare, stress, the public good, contraception, teen pregnancy, STIs, homework, school equality, government funded health care for women, family planning, workers with power, Hitler, the Holocaust, taking responsibility, genocide, evil, slavery, dictatorships, women's rights movement, martyrdom, the Martin Luther King assassination, the Berlin Wall, the Cold War, the ERA.
MESSAGE - America has had some great ideas; too bad we haven't implemented them, but other counties have and it's time to take them back.