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Recut Madness: Favorite Movies Retold for Your Partisan Pleasure Hardcover – April 27, 2007
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This very small book rewrites a variety of popular movies -- Pulp Fiction, Charlotte's Web, Network, etc. -- to satisfy the point of view of someone from a Red State (Republican) or Blue State (Democrat). There is promise in this approach to satirize both the left, the right. This is a common stance of the popular media writer -- see Time, Newsweek or your large hometown newspaper -- that provides vague satisfaction to both camps. But Garner evidently has neither he wit nor the insight to make more of his approach than to offer dimly-snarky --and very short! -- rewrites. His "Wizard of Dubya" is a huge ripoff of the original. All of its characters -- Dorothy, Auntie Em, Miss Gulch, Glinda, the WW of the W and the munchkins are preserved nearly untouched, as is the plot. You might think he would call the Yellow Brick Road something different, at least. His satiric darts pierce no pretensions and flit about aimlessly and without point. Alas, Mr. Garner's only goal seems to be to put yet another book into print, and to wend his swag-loaded wheelbarrow gleefully to the bank.
My advice? Don't even bother with "Recut Madness." You and you friends are twice as funny at lunchtime.
This book was well researched well written and points out the stupidity on both sides of the American political system. I highly recommend this read to anyone, regardless of weather or not they have seen all the movies lampooned in this book, though it would help.
Do not buy.
Get one or get a movie buff to buy you one for your birthday.