If you want a good scare at the cinema this Halloween season, forget seeing the remake of "Carrie." Catch "Inequality for All," a documentary starring former Labor Secretary Robert Reich (pronounced rysh, if you want to impress people at parties) about the economic disparity in America. I know, I know, I just put you to sleep with that description. Believe me, this documentary makes the depressing topic FUN! There are plenty of charts and graphs to keep you entertained and if that doesn't do it for you, there's a snippet of the movie "9 to 5" and a brief mention of Dolly Parton. Talk about your economic assets.
In all seriousness, the documentary discusses a huge issue I wholeheartedly believe everyone should know a little something about. The beauty of the film is Reich. He's funny. He's self-deprecating (a genetic condition left him just a few inches taller than Arnold on "Diff'rent Strokes") but better than anything, he takes a topic that normally is boring and complex and brings it to life. His explanations make sense. He uses real-life examples and funny metaphors. I walked away not only learning a bunch of stuff but understanding how, in the words of the Fixx, one thing leads to another.
The film makes you angry, makes you think, makes you laugh and hopefully, makes you want to do something to change the upside-down situation in this country.
Unfortunately, when my dad and I went to see the movie, we were the only people in the theatre. Granted, the room wasn't huge and it was a Monday evening in the Valley. (We're still the best-kept secret in SoCal.) I hope that changes. You can find more information about the movie, including where it's playing near you, here.