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  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004Y873

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary on April 8 2001
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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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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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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Format: DVD
I have noted that opinions of this movie tend to be more negative in Canada. Some Canadians who miss the point of this movie dislike it because they take offence. But they are in the minority. There is no way a film could fill up with so many Canadian actors if it were anti-Canadian, and Michael Moore has great admiration for Canada (where, unlike the U.S., you can easily find reviews of his books in national dailies and national news programs). In actual fact, the film more often tends to exaggerate how perfect Canada supposedly is. No, most Canadians know that the actual target of this film is the U.S. The real problem with the film is that it does a poor job of imitating a form of Canadian humour, and as a result, much of its satirical content is weak and underdeveloped.
One source of much humour in Canada is the large degree of ignorance there is in the U.S. about Canadian culture. There's even a series of TV specials called "Speaking With Americans" in which U.S. citizens (including Congressmen!) are asked questions (and get serious answers!) about such pressing Canadian issues as the melting of the national igloo (which, in case you don't know, doesn't exist).
Besides the proximity of the U.S., the reason why such humour is so pervasive is that it illustrates how one of the most powerful countries in the world is also dangerously self-centered. For example, U.S. politicians believe that they are right to impose U.S. values (not American values -- "America" refers to all of North and South America) on foreign countries, including its economic models, etc., while failing to recognize its imperfections or inapplicability to different cultures and countries. Many economies in Africa and South America have been ruined as a result of such impositions by the World Bank. U.S.
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