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Fahrenheit 9/11

Genre: Documentary
Rated: R
Written and directed by: MICHAEL MOORE

Released by: Lions Gate Films, IFC Films and the Fellowship Adventure Group

In Short: This movie can actually be entertaining at times, especially when the president is ridiculed, but Letterman and Leno have been there before.

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Foreign nations that have ridiculed the United States for its isolationary policies and criticized its ruthless imperialism in the business world will enjoy this documentary. But is it a true documentary? If you remove the political stance and obvious goal of the film during this election year, you are left with a mediocre report that any high school student could have produced for a term project. Fans of Moore might be somewhat disappointed with this somewhat boring effort. Unlike with the fast paced, riveting "Bowling for Columbine," you don't really learn anything new. Sure you get some gory clips of amputees and charred soldiers, and the lamenting story of Lila Lipscomb that drags on forever to ensure that is hits middle America's heart. These are the same families that have depended on the government to enlist their sons and daughters, so they could afford an education.

Film Still: After being told "America is under attack" when the second plane hit the tower on 9/11, George W. Bush continued to read "My Pet Goat" in a Florida classroom for the next seven minutes.

Two stupefying moments occur in the film, one when George W. Bush is being videotaped in an elementary classroom during a reading and simply sits there dumbfounded after being briefed that commercial airliners had hit the World Trade Center. The other is when midway through the film you hear the president state, “A dictatorship would be a heck of a lot easier, no doubt about it.”

Indeed, there was a lot of controversy about the distributionor the failed attempt to prevent distribution—of the movie; however, that publicity will contribute to the film's success. By now we all know that Mr. Moore is counting on his image as a political figure and less as a talented filmmaker. It’s too bad that the close ties between the Bush and Bin Laden families, as evidenced in the film time and again, were not used to establish peace rather than war.

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