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His first film to premiere for free on the internet, Slacker Uprising, AKA Captain Mike across America, documents Michael Moore's attempt to influence the 2004 presidential election. Uninspired by Senator Kerry and the Democrats, he went on a 62-city tour to persuade non-voters to do their civic duty. Moore had two primary goals: 1) to encourage 56 percent of the electorate to cast ballots and 2) to remove President Bush from office. And he roped in big names to make it happen, like Steve Earle, Joan Baez, Viggo Mortensen, R.E.M., and Eddie Vedder (performing a heartfelt rendition of Cat Stevens' "Don't Be Shy") Though Moore acknowledges his failure, it's hard to fault his strategy, since he specifically targeted the 20 battleground states most likely to influence the results. Along the way, he offered "slacker" fare, i.e. ramen noodles and clean underwear, to new voters. Amusingly, some conservative commentators accused the Oscar winner of bribery, while community leaders in Utah and Nevada tried to ban his appearances. If Slacker Uprising comes across as partisan and self-important--witness the plentiful footage of excited crowds--Moore makes good points along the way, and the essential one is undeniable: everyone should vote, and it's disheartening that Americans need to be reminded of that fact... but they do. It's also worth noting that, as in Fahrenheit 9/11, the director continues to support the troops, and several service members to speak out at his rallies. Extras include deleted scenes, including Moore's reading of the infamous My Pet Goat. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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The second war was the invasion in Iraq where Americans and others were led to believe that the country had weapons of mass destruction. Years later, they're still looking for them in Iraq. Last year, a deal was made with Iran to avoid another war. Michael Moore loves his country perhaps too much. Michael Moore has made documentaries for decades and more.
Slacker Uprising is a mixture of speeches, music and a campaign to win voters to help oust the incumbent president. Michael Moore gets celebrities and regular people who speak out against President Bush and his administration. If you're not a Michael Moore fan, you probably won't understand his delivery or his films. Michael Moore is an acquired taste and his films are the same too. I felt this film was weaker than his other films overall.
The outrageous fiction and arrogant lies we have been blithely accepting, especially over the past 8 years, has brought America to its knees. I hope Michael continues to hold up a mirror to us.
Moore has a good sense of humour and his way of expressing himself is original and thoughtful.
A good documentary.
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