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Canadian Bacon

John Candy , Alan Alda , Michael Moore    VHS Tape
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Fresh from the success of Roger and Me, documentary filmmaker Michael Moore made the mistake of trying his hand at fiction film. Hoping to satirize America's leap into the Gulf War (and its abandonment of its industrial base), he wrote and directed this disappointing comedy, which fell flat despite a cast that included Alan Alda, Rip Torn, Rhea Perlman, John Candy, and Kevin Pollak. The premise is that the president (Alda) is so far down in the polls that he has to create a war to bolster his popularity; he picks a fight with Canada, demonizing the bland denizens of the Great White North to the point that a group of Niagara Falls law-enforcement types (led by Candy in one of his final film roles) decides to invade on their own initiative. There are a couple of funny moments (mostly having to do with the propaganda campaign against Canada), but otherwise, a frozen stiff. --Marshall Fine

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5.0 out of 5 stars Look beyond the obvious April 8 2001
By Mary
Format:VHS Tape
this movie certainly came out with some classic lines, and its also a movie, that you have to keep in mind that the comedy goes beyond the lines. for example, cars driving by with huge missiles strapped to the top "eat my shorts!" is written on the truck as "mange mes shortes!" in french. and also, a mature sense of humor, if you showed this to someone under age 8, they'd probably think it was incredibly stupid, so the humor isn't one universal to all ages, but when you get it, it can get you into stitches. so try this, and the soon to be released dvd version, and enjoy! "there's a time to think, and a time to act, and this gentlemen, is no time to think.."
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5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!! (But hate myself for it...) July 26 2004
Format:DVD
I know that this movie is supposed to make fun of us Americans, but my God it is funny. I disagree strongly with Michael Moore's politiacal views and that new "documentary" BS that I shall not name. I have tried to give this movie up as a form of protest, but i could not bring myself to it. I love this movie far too much. Anyone who hasn't seen this movie should, unless they don't like Michael Moore and are stonger than me, all you people who love that oaf should see it as well (if you haven't already!) and you Canadians, stop being so touchy! This movie is funny and was not made to make fun of you so stop complaining. This movie was made to make fun of America citizens are stupid hicks. Which is not really fair to us now, is it? This movie is about an unpopular president, the end of the Cold War, and thousands of Americans beind layed-off. Somehow this all ties together and becomes one of the funniest movies ever made. I don't agree with Michael Moore at all, but i still gave this movie five out of five stars. I can't help it and while America's at war with Canada in this movie, I'll be watching at war with myself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's a burlesque, folks! July 3 2004
Format:DVD
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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Shrill and offensive Jan. 30 2004
Format:DVD
None other than the leftist fire breather Michael Moore lensed "Canadian Bacon," a film that turned into a huge box office bomb. That should serve as the first warning to potential viewers interested in viewing this film. If it doesn't, many other red flags pop up as the movie unfolds. Apparently, some genius in Hollywood thought Moore's documentaries meant that the guy could do a feature film. Wrong. "Canadian Bacon," while boasting an occasionally funny scene or two, is nothing more than propaganda served up on a celluloid bun. The film stars Alan Alda, Kevin Pollack, John Candy (in one of his last film performances, a fact in and of itself noteworthy for fans of the Canadian comedian), Rhea Perlman, Rip Torn, G.D. Spradlin, Stephen Wright, and a host of other familiar faces. With a cast like this, you would think the movie would be an outright tour de force. Wrong again. Before watching this film, you should probably join the National Rifle Association, vote Republican, or simply fly an American flag for a few weeks. Whatever you do, do something to offset this unpleasant slice of good old left wing hate.
Alan Alda plays an American president in trouble with the voting public. With the end of the Cold War and the attendant downsizing of the defense industry, lots of red-blooded American citizens are now out of work, and unemployed workers tend to vote for the other guy. What is a corrupt politician to do? According to Moore, the solution lies in creating a new enemy against which the American people can rally. After a failed attempt to restart a conflict with the tottering Soviet Union, the president and his slimy advisors set their sights on Canada.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Dies not play in canada
Published 6 days ago by david
3.0 out of 5 stars Wrong region
I ordered this and I live in region 1. The movie that I got was for Region 4 so could not see it. Waiting for replacement.
Published 2 months ago by Aline M Carley
4.0 out of 5 stars Canadian Bacon
I have not yet had a chance to view this movie, but it was delivered in a timely fashion. The DVD came sealed.
Published on Sept. 24 2011 by Eugene Fortin
3.0 out of 5 stars American president starts cold war with Canada to boost popularity...
this movie started out good.the premise is funny and original.there are
some very funny scenes.but about halfway through it loses steam. Read more
Published on Sept. 14 2007 by falcon
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
This is clearly a true cultural classic! It is also the only Michael Moore film that I could say that I really liked. Read more
Published on Oct. 14 2006 by Mark Nenadov
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
This is one of my favorite movies ever. As a Canadian, I always thought that this movie was making fun of Americans. Read more
Published on Aug. 13 2004 by David
4.0 out of 5 stars It's not about Canada, stupid!
In 2004 it seems impossible to see this film without Iraq in mind.
Haven't we been looking for "the enemy" since the end of the cold war? Read more
Published on June 9 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Offended me as a Canadian.
This film is Michael Moore's attempt at political satire. Canadian Bacon is an un-funny borefest that really says nothing about relations between Canada and the U.S. Read more
Published on April 2 2004 by jason gilmour
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent satire
I've read some bad reviews for this film. I think it's probably because some people just had different expectations from it. Read more
Published on April 1 2004 by "anderix"
1.0 out of 5 stars Moore Liberal Bull
Give me a break! Thankfully I saw this movie on the Movie Channel, since I wouldn't pay a penny to see it. Read more
Published on Jan. 24 2004 by N. Sewell
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