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It should come as no surprise that Ben does find Jack Rebney and he now lives atop a mountain in Northern California. Nearly 80 years old, Jack is an articulate, well-spoken man who seems comfortable living the life of a hermit. In their first meeting, Jack appears to be a kind, old man unconcerned and even humored by the existence of the infamous video. After a week, Jack begins calling Ben and confesses that he put on an act due to the humiliation that came from the release of the video. This is where we get to know the real Jack Rebney, or as much as this documentary will allow.
The film's biggest flaw is that Ben found a remarkable subject in Jack Rebney, yet doesn't seem to take full advantage of that. Jack Rebney is a fascinating individual; highly intelligent, with a soothing, austere voice. He's very opinionated, thoughtful, hilarious, and unafraid to be vulgar. He's a difficult man, but a likable one. He makes it clear several times that he despises no one more than Dick Cheney and that he's working on a book about religion, life, sex, and politics. Jack sees Ben's film as a way to really show his true self, but I don't feel he was given the opportunity to do that.Read more ›
Review: Over the next hour, we begin to see a genuine relationship grow between Ben and Jack, and this relationship is easily the strongpoint of the movie. Ben's patience and gentle nature acts as a perfect antithesis to Jack's short-fused attitude and explosive personality.Read more ›
I for some reason had recently gained interest in people who resort to living in an RV full time, so one day I had decided to search for documentaries involving RV living, when I didn't find what I was looking for through Amazon prime or Netflix instant streaming I simply searched Winnebago and thus how I stumbled upon the Winnebago Man.
The documentary is rather interesting and somewhat insightful of Jack Rebney's outlook then and now, when you look at it from the perspective of the intended audience, the ones who are given the opportunity to meet the true RV man.
This documentary allows you to see the back story of the Winnebago Man from the mouth of the Winnebago man himself.
It was, to a degree, like watching the real-life version of "Disney's Pixar Up".
In reverse, I have discovered the YouTube clips of the Winnebago Man from this documentary itself, instead of the other way around.
PS I was, caught by surprise by choice. I no longer watch trailers or look at reviews before watching a flick, ruins the whole thing.
When Steinbauer manages to find Rebney almost twenty years later and visit him at his northern California home, he finds Rebney to be ostensibly unconcerned and bemused by his internet fame. Some time after the first meeting, Steinbauer gets a letter from Rebney with Rebney informing Steinbauer that he had fooled him. Rebney wanted to get his true feelings about himself told to Steinbauer.
It turns out Rebney is not the complacent, unconcerned person as he had first presented himself to Steinbauer, but a person with a lot of pointed political and social views. He was not unconcerned about his internet fame/infamy but was deeply disturbed about how he was perceived. He only relents in his anger when he discovers on a trip to San Francisco many people who laughed at his film shared his wacko views. When Steinbauer does the rest of the documentary with Rebney, by that time Rebney, who was around 80, was afflicted with glaucoma and almost totally blind.Read more ›
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This was a very enjoyable documentary and much better than I thought it would be. I had never heard of Jack Rebney prior to this movie. Read morePublished 2 days ago by esm4
Worth a view. Never heard of this guy before but very entertaining.Published 2 months ago by Dinkum