Michael Moore is on a mission from the Pentagon: to invade friendly countries and steal their best social policies on behalf of the United States. His whistle-stop tour begins in Italy, determined to discover why “Italians always look like they've just had sex.” After learning more about their work-life balance he plants a flag in the ground and boldly appropriates their generous workers’ benefits.
After visiting a range of European countries and marvelling at policies around education, drugs law, criminal rehabilitation , Moore also travels outside Europe to Tunisia in awe of the country’s robust approach to female health. Moore brings his customary wit and humanity to an amusing format that only he could have conceived. With each passing film the veteran campaigner proves to be less of the firebrand and more subtly persuasive, focusing on the human truths that make his cases seemingly unanswerable. While the film is clearly aimed primarily at American audiences, there is much relevance here for British audiences. Unlike Moore’s previous film, Sicko, where he championed the NHS, the UK is notably absent from his target-list of countries, suggesting we too may be an audience for Moore’s arguments on social policy.