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Canadian Bacon

Year: 1995
Production Co: Dog Eat Dog Films
Director: Michael Moore
Producer: Michael Moore
Writer: Michael Moore
Cast: John Candy, Alan Alda, Rhea Pearlman, Kevin Pollack, Rip Torn, Kevin J O'Connor, Jim Belushi, Stephen Wright

David Zucker's An American Carol was a conservative polemic dressed up as an entertaining movie, but the way it beat you over the head with its politics completely hamstrung any enjoyment of the jokes or premise.

Michael Moore, Zucker's target in his rant, isn't known for his subtlety either, and it's what makes his documentaries good and - yes - entertaining. After watching this film however it seems it only works when it's in non fiction form.

Like Zucker's effort (though not quite as ham fisted), Moore's sole fictional effort too often comes across as preachy. In 1995 when nobody had heard of him it might have been a lot more of a surprise, but today everyone knows his stance and the movie wears it loudly and proudly on its sleeve.

America is suffering from peace. Having subjugated all its enemies there's no need for ballooning military spending, and it's affecting the economy. The moderate president (Alda) thinks he's done a good job securing America, but his closest advisors soon convince him that whipping up fear of an impending invasion by Canada will maintain the status quo and boost his sagging ratings. On the border in Niagara Falls, a few redneck local cops led by the boorish Sheriff (Candy) take it all a bit too seriously and threaten to derail everything.

There are a few laughs but too much of it feels like a lecture. Watch Wag the Dog for the same thing done with much more finesse.

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