Will Ferrell: You're Welcome America. A Final Night with George W Bush (DVD)
Three-time Emmy® Award-winner Chris Rock comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, and one of Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World" stars in his fifth solo HBO stand-up special! This all-new 90-minute (estimated) exclusive will feature footage of Rock from three different international performances at South Africa's Carnival City Casino, New York's legendary Apollo Theatre, and the Carling Apollo Hammersmith in London and will feature Rock's unique, adults-only take on dozens of social, political and celebrity issues.
When Will Ferrell was struggling to break out on Saturday Night Live
, the election of George W. Bush came as a gift from God. The new President gave him a character with a greater reach than one of those head-bobbing Roxbury guys--so it's only just that Ferrell, now a marquee-topping movie star, should cap off the Bush years with this final homage. You're Welcome America. A Final Night with George W. Bush
is not so much a political satire as a fever dream, a hallucinatory exorcism. Ferrell paints Bush as an arrested adolescent, simultaneously self-absorbed yet without a hint of self-reflection, but beyond that there's not much commentary on the actions or collective psyche of the Bush administration (though some of the most startling gags turn out to be true). Instead, Ferrell spins out 90 minutes of faux-personal anecdotes that blur into crass surrealism: Dreaming of a cabin getaway with another man that includes a description of a "Western-grip" version of a certain sexual act; gaping at a muscular Barbara Bush rescuing all the Bush men from a collapsed mine shaft; performing robotic dance moves with Condoleeza Rice; demanding a squadron of wild monkeys be trained for combat; and imitating, obsessively, a Castillian lisp. It is a very strange performance, captured live at Broadway theater and later broadcast on HBO. Ten years from now, audiences may stare, perplexed and hypnotized, at this show, unable to comprehend what it's about--which may be entirely the point. --Bret Fetzer