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Bowling For Columbine
Starring: Michael Moore, George W. Bush|
Director: Michael Moore
RunTime: 120 Minutes
Release Date: October 2002
Genres: Action, Comedy, Documentary
Review by Steve Rhodes
3 stars out of 4
BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE, by director Michael Moore (ROGER & ME), is frequently
extremely funny, sometimes quite intriguing and other times infuriatingly naive.
In case you can't guess from the title, the documentary is a long look at
Americans and their love of guns. Among the old film clips it shows are some
toy gun commercials from the 1950s that are quite humorous. (For the record,
I'm not an NRA member, and I have never owned a gun.)
The film is at its best when Moore takes his standup comic routine to interview
people in his disarmingly friendly fashion. Moore is never happier than when
he's thrown out of a building and isn't able to meet with the guy in charge.
This time Moore is shocked at how many people, including NRA President Charlton
Heston, will actually talk to him. Another time he practices his activist
documentary technique by opening doors on random houses in Canada to see if
Canadians really do leave their doors unlocked. They do.
Moore goes off the deep end and his movie gets bogged down when he veers off
into U.S. foreign policy, which he blames in some way for just about everything
that has gone wrong in the world. A particularly cheap shot has him ridiculing
President Bush for having setup a system of designated threat levels after 9-11.
Moore even tries to equate our bombing in Kosovo to the massacre at Columbine
High School. His long last section attempts to make many sensationalistic links
between guns and racism and between the NRA and the KKK.
Moore does have a solution for all of the problems he investigates, and its
probably not one that you would have thought of. His fundamental belief is
that, if we had more welfare, without any work requirements, and had socialized
medicine, we'd be racially tolerant and non-violent, just like the happy
Canadians to our north. You have to give Moore this. Not only is he funny. He
also isn't shy about voicing his opinions. He's a big lovable guy who is fun to
laugh at and to agree with or disagree with. I can't wait for his next picture.
I just hope next time he spends a little bit more time in the editing room
trimming the fat.
BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE runs way too long at 2:00. It is rated R for "some
violent images and language" and would be acceptable for teenagers.
Copyright © 2002 Steve Rhodes
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