Rated: PG for thematic elements, some violence, language and smoking images. Reviewed by: Jim Release date: October 11, 2013 Released by: Radius,TWC
Without cruel criticism and liberal diatribes, Robert Reich (who's getting more exposure now that the government is shut down and needs to raise the debt ceiling and pass "clean" stopgap spending measures) follows in the vein of Al Gore's alarming trend of climate change in the award-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth when it comes to financial stability affected by the corrupting influence of big money in politics and even lobbying.
The diminutive economist who served under President Clinton as Labor Secretary in his first term is quite a good, genial conversationalist and self-effacing in his lifelong illumination of the great disparity between the very wealthy and the rest (~150 million) of America. In Jacob Kornbluth's well-rounded, if trim documentary Inequality For All the ever expanding gap has hurt business in the Western World. Inequality is interconnected with democracy as troubling statistics like 42% of those born impoverished will never get out of the awful abyss.
Part biographical in nature, this cinema verity works cogently from Reich's popular (Wealth & Poverty) class at Berkeley to lighten things up for his students that is really serious in nature. Enough interviews and graphics (which include the effective use of bridges) and other talking heads are nice diversions before moving back to the lecture hall. His hypotheses when it comes to noting financial regularities over long periods of time continually reflects on the stability of the middle class. If they're not prosperous the economy trends toward a recessive atrophy.
Maybe Kornbluth tries to hard to make use of Reich's size to amusing effect as not all the reminiscing connects. Yet, Inequality For All, which connects the Tea Party and "Occupy Wall Street" movements, isn't really all that didactic or moralistic in surveying what really isn't all that new. In an entertainingly informative way, it makes its startling financial points with humanity and humor. Equally with an unequivocal impassioned prolific individual not looking for culprits who is distinctive and personable that ideally could be characteristic of each of us.
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