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25 Feb 2016

Stop the Invasion: Michael Moore's 'Where to Invade Next' Is a Sloppy, Lazy Documentary

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Michael Moore in Where to Invade Next. Michael Moore in Where to Invade Next.

The latest documentary from Michael Moore starts as a fairly interesting film about how foreign countries feed and teach their children, but it then goes off the rails and loses all focus.

The premise for this one has a flag-toting Moore, representing America, “invading” other countries and threatening to steal ideas like great school cafeterias and free tuition. Moore has an annoying way of presenting scintillating factoids, only to cloud their presentation with dopey and gimmicky showboating. The bit during which he plants American flags and says he’s claiming shit for America is lame the first time, and incredibly mundane by the 10th. There’s just something about this guy when he gets all sad, somber and scary with his narrations that makes me want to throw a small car at the movie screen.

As usual, Moore presents some facts about other great countries while demonizing the one in which we live. Sure, we have much room for improvement, but so do the countries Moore visits in the movie. Oddly enough, we only really see the really good stuff other countries have to offer, with just small mentions of any problems they might be having.

Moore has a history of twisting and playing with the facts to match up with his agenda, and this movie is no exception. Plus, it just isn’t well-made. It’s sloppy and lazy documentary filmmaking.

Where to Invade Next is playing at the Cinémas Palme d’or (72840 Highway 111, Palm Desert; 760-779-0430) and the Camelot Theatres (2300 E. Baristo Road, Palm Springs; 760-325-6565).

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