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REVIEW: Canadian Bacon (1995)

 

Canadian Bacon is a 1995 American comedy film written, produced, and directed by Michael Moore which satirizes Canada–United States relations along the Canada–United States border. The film stars an ensemble cast featuring Alan Alda, John Candy, Bill Nunn, Kevin J. O'Connor, Rhea Perlman, Kevin Pollak, G.D. Spradlin, and Rip Torn.

The film was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival, and was the final released film to star John Candy, though it was shot before the earlier-released Wagons East!. It is also Moore's only non-documentary film


Like many spoofs that came before it this is in a nutshell, a political sendup of epic proportions. Sinking in the polls, the US President (played by Alan Alda) falls for an idea conconcted by Secretary Stu Smiley (Kevin Pollack) to start a war with Canada to make his approval ratings increase. Although Mountie Sheriff Bud Boomer (John Candy) takes this seriously and ends up in one surprising situation after another.

Clip: "The Hockey Fight" courtesy: MovieClips

All in all a great film if you want something by Michael Moore that ISN'T a Documentary about something political.
 

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