Roger and Me is a cheeky and smart indictment against General Motors for closing its truck plant in Flint, Mich, throwing 30,000 employees out of work and, as a result, leaving many neighborhoods abandoned.
Michael Moore, a Flint native who recalls the prosperous ‘Great American Dream’ days of his 1950s childhood, launches a one-man documentary crusade to bring GM chairman Roger Smith back to town. He wants Smith to see the human tragedy caused by the plant closing.
He interviews fired workers, shows decaying houses across the city and two grandiose schemes to reactivate the town: the opening of a Hyatt Regency hotel and a huge shopping mall. Both fail quickly for lack of business. Tourists don’t come to Flint.
Intercut are scenes of the town’s rich, who seem oblivious to the plight of their fellow citizens and wonder what the fuss is about.
Pic is one-sided, for sure, but Moore makes no pretense otherwise. The irony of the title pervades the piece.