Producer and director Robert
Greenwald penetrates the lives of former Wal-Mart employees,
their customers, and the communities affected by the expanding
According to the film, a substantial number of Wal-Mart employees
earn wages far below the poverty line, Wal-Mart employees are
forced to work off-the-clock, and Wal-Mart’s health care
eligibility is both restrictive and expensive.
According to Greenwald, Wal-Mart’s greed eventually ends
up on taxpayer’s shoulders because Wal-Mart employees qualify
for federal assistance, and some employees admit the company
encourages them to go on food stamps.
The film goes on to say that Wal-Mart has had a huge economic
impact on “Mom and Pop” stores, putting many of them
out of business, and that every new Wal-Mart increases vehicle
What is most impressive is that the documentary takes viewers
all the way to Shenzhen, China, which is one of the many places
that Wal-Mart uses to make its $18 billion worth of goods each
year. The camera shows us Chinese sweatshop workers who live
in cramped dormitories and work ridiculous hours for low wages
so Wal-Mart can keep its prices down.
According to Greenwald, Wal-Mart is anti-union and its managers
retaliate against those who try to unionize by intimidating and
threatening them. If managers feel a worker is a threat, they
simply fire him or her.
Although the producer is not shy about showing his feelings toward
the retail giant, there are two sides to every story, and the
film does not show Wal-Mart defending itself. However, the film
brings up many serious questions of corporate power and greed,
and it will leave you wanting to go out and picket the Wal-Mart
The film is 98 minutes long and is sold in stores across the
country for $12.95. It can be rented at most video stores. For
more information visit walmartmovie.com.