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Patriot Act is a feature-length "home video" that captures a rare and intimate look into the early days of the American occupation of Iraq through the eyes of stand-up comedian, Jeffrey Ross.
When standup comedian Jeffrey Ross joined Drew Carey's U.S.O. show that toured through Iraq during the first year of the American occupation, he took along a video camera and made a clumsy but strikingly intimate portrait of the armed forces. Performing in venues as different as the Baghdad Civic Center and a camouflaged camp in the middle of the desert, seven comedians (Ross, Carey, Kathy Kinney, Blake Clark, Kyle Dunnigan, Andres Fernandez, and Rocky LaPorte) did what they could to entertain soldiers who suffered sand, heat, and being shot at--but the brief snippets of rough comedy are little more than a sidelight. The most intriguing aspects of Patriot Act (which, despite its title, is largely apolitical) are the simple conversations with G.I.s, bellhops, translators, and others, who endure a difficult situation with a weary smile and a little glimpse of hope. It's the ordinary effort of life that comes through, even when surrounded by bombed buildings and armored vehicles. Ross has no great insights, but he proves an affable and earnest tour guide. --Bret Fetzer
It was good for the price.We new some of the people in it.Someone told us we needed to get iyPublished 18 months ago by susan corbin
I love Jeffrey Ross, but this movie isn't very good. It's very low budget and it shows. It's also waay too preachy about the war in Iraq and how awesome America is for invading... Read morePublished on May 8, 2012 by G. Walker
This product receives 5 stars based on my appreciation in it making me laugh. The documentary style is unique for that time and a style that seems to be more prevalent as more and... Read morePublished on March 1, 2012 by Michael K.
"Patriot Act" was a very good dvd. It is a comedy but I cried a lot through it because my son has been in Iraq/Kuwait twice. I kept looking for him - didn't see him though. Read morePublished on February 9, 2009 by K. Wert
Funny. I think the troops enjoyed the show. Thanks to all the comics that preform for the service people. Read morePublished on January 7, 2009 by Walter C. Myers
So often stories come to us from Iraq, whether it be from CNN or FOX, with opinions presented as facts. This leaves us uninformed and unconscious to the actual story. Read morePublished on February 6, 2007 by Michael Creekwood