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Movie review: Reich makes smart case for middle class in 'Inequality for All'

Published October 11, 2013 1:18 pm

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If all college lecturers were as engaging and relatable as Robert Reich, the economic expert and former U.S. Secretary of Labor profiled in the documentary "Inequality for All," the world would be filled with Rhodes scholars.

Reich breaks down the causes of income inequality — why the super-rich make exponentially more money than the middle class than at any time in American history — and why it's a bad thing for the economy and American democracy (as if watching the current government-shutdown silliness didn't convince you of that already).

Director Jacob Kornbluth provides lively charts and graphs to illuminate Reich's points and unearths personal stories from middle-class strivers and from Reich himself.

Except for a few quibbles in the argument (most of them about false equivalencies between the organically grown Occupy movement on the left and the corporate-supported Tea Party on the right), Reich's case that the middle class are the real "job creators" is sharply reasoned and long overdue.

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'Inequality for All'

Opens Friday, Oct. 11, at the Broadway Centre Cinemas; rated PG for thematic elements, some violence, language and smoking images; 89 minutes.