Like all burlesques, what people take out of it has a lot to do with what they bring in. What I saw was a light burlesque that even-handedly skewered both American stereotypes of Canadians and Canadian stereotypes of Americans.
It doesn't get five stars, because it's a little rough, but it's an excellent sleeper comedy that deserved a much longer theatrical run than it did. It's quirky, bizarre, and very funny.
However, there are a lot of people who just don't get burlesque. This is not a nice thing to say, but it has to be said: there's a reason that John Candy and most of the rest of the Toronto Second City troop left Canada so that they could have careers. For people who get burlesque, the offended reviews of this movie, all of which seem to reduce to classify it as this or that, will just appear as more burlesque.
But seriously. People who think that Goldie Hawn is a dumb blonde or that Andrew Dice Clay is a misogynist or rhat Repo Man failed as a documentary of the reposessing trade or that Dr. Strangelove offensively made light of nuclear holocaust would do best to stay well away from this movie. It will only bore you or raise your blood pressure. People who want another Michael Moore docutainment or want to pick apart a Michael Moore docutainment are also advised to stay away. Those who think that the best thing to do with a prejudice is angrily to deny that it's a prejudice or bloodlessly denounce it rather than bring it out in the open and laugh at it won't have much fun, either.
However, if you want a light, sleeper burlesque on the order of _Serial_, _L.A. Story,_ or _True Stories_, you will probably enjoy it.