In the 1980s, under the leadership of chairman Roger Smith, General Motors closed down 11 of its plants in Flint, Michigan, the company's birthplace. The shutdowns put 30,000 of the city's 150,000 residents out of work and dealt Flint a blow from which it may never recover: not only was GM
the largest employer in town, it was practically the only one. GM wasn't losing money; it just wanted to make even more money by relocating some factories to Mexico, where labor is cheap and, even better, non-unionized.
ROGER & ME is a pointedly hilarious documentary about a subject that isn't remotely funny, the indifference of corporate America to the lives of its workers. F...