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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.Read more ›
'Canadian Bacon' isn't a movie you want to rent, it is a movie you want to own. Why? Because you have to watch it over and over again to catch all the subtleties, as they are hard to catch when you are laughing your ... off. Of course, you have to be able to laugh in the first place!
And by the way, I am not related to the Michael Moore who made this movie!
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Michael Moore's one attempt at regular movie making - he wrote and directed it. Well done, lots of humor, poking fun at Americans and their military. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Hale & Hardy
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 19 months ago by Aline M Carley
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
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
This is clearly a true cultural classic! It is also the only Michael Moore film that I could say that I really liked. Read morePublished on Oct. 14 2006 by Mark Nenadov
This is one of my favorite movies ever. As a Canadian, I always thought that this movie was making fun of Americans. Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2004 by David