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Feels Good Man

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Shocking subject matter in disturbing but powerful docu.

Movie NR 2020 92 minutes
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This fascinating documentary does a fine job digging into the disturbing mindset of those who support the hate-filled alt-right, but it's balanced by the calm presence of the kind, sensitive Furie. Directed by Arthur Jones, Feels Good Man best demonstrates this via the depositions of Furie and InfoWars radio host Alex Jones. Jones tried to sell an alt-right poster with Pepe's image, and Furie tried to stop it. Furie's deposition is calm, while Jones rails about the "evil" of Furie trying to sue him. Arthur Jones also includes interviews with 4chan users, as well as with scholars and psychologists, to help explain what happened on an individual, emotional basis. (When Trump is elected, one 4chan user writes, "We just memed a man into the White House!")

The movie also has a confusing, seemingly unrelated section devoted to people who became wealthy via Pepe-related cryptocurrency. But that bit is perhaps no stranger than the one in which the Egyptian frog god Kek is appropriated for more right-wing propaganda. By contrast, images of Furie and his family are a delight. They come across as happy, smart, and prone to smiles and laughter. They're the opposite of hate, and the movie ends with Furie moving forward and hoping to find a "hard-core happy place." Unusual but beautiful animation sequences by Giorgio Angelini help round out Feels Good Man and bring it back to a place of celebrating creation and artistry.

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