A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The entire film is a chronicle of pro-Democratic political advocacy; there's extensive discussion of electoral politics and strategy and of "getting out" the "50% who don't vote." Moore is accused of bribery for offering noodles and clean underwear to entice non-voters to register and vote. Also includes discussions of the war in Iraq, the Patriot Act, the First Amendment, Army and National Guard casualties, health care, national security, the Kent State shootings, the Supreme Court decision on the 2000 elections, and more.
Violence & Scariness
Discussion of the war in Iraq, 9-11, and the Kent State shootings.
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Infrequent strong language (mostly from guest speaker Roseanne Barr) including "ass," "f--k," "s--t," "bulls--t," "jack s--t," and "bitch."
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Products & Purchases
Many news organization logos are visible in footage used in the movie; Ramen Noodles, Hanes underwear, and Fruit of the Loom underwear are visible; Moore's books and films are thrust toward him by autograph seekers. Many universities (the sites of Moore's tour dates) are named. Mentions of brands like Tostitos, Fox News, the National Rifle Association, In and Out, The Lord of the Rings films, and more.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this documentary -- which chronicles Michael Moore's 62-city, 20-state tour of "swing states" to get out the vote in favor of John Kerry for the 2004 election -- is a lengthy harangue against George W. Bush, the Iraq War, and the Republican Party. The political discussion is constant throughout -- issues from health care to Iraq are mentioned, as are the First Amendment, partisan politics, and the controversy over the Supreme Court's decision in the 2000 election. The level of discourse may be heated, but it's mostly civil, albeit one-sided. There's some strong language (including "f--k"), though it's not frequent. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Moore's other films, love them or hate them, have at least looked at serious issues; unfortunately, the main focus of Slacker Uprising seems to be on how wonderful Moore is. Moore has always been a big part of his own films -- the blend of astute, well-researched political commentary and his big, burly personality is what makes his films like Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 911 as good (and interesting) as they are. But in Slacker Uprising, the focus seems to be almost entirely on Moore, with his personality and public persona the main subject and topic of the film -- and the movie suffers for it. Much of Slacker Uprising consists of watching Moore receive standing ovations or being lauded by his fans or cursed by his foes; that narrow focus turns the film from a political documentary into a weird kind of vanity project by a writer-director-activist who would probably insist that he has no vanity.
And, bluntly, Moore's get-out-the-vote shenanigans (including giving Ramen noodles and clean underwear to youths who register to vote) are a little sad to watch, considering that they didn't work; watching Moore exhort people to vote for John Kerry for more than 90 minutes is like watching a lengthy, hysterical pep rally held on behalf of a team that lost. Moore is capable of much stronger work than this, and the fact that Slacker Uprising is available for free on the Internet may just be a smoke screen for the fact that it's hard to imagine a movie studio paying the cost of distributing it in theaters.
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