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  • Summary: This documentary takes a hilarious look behind the front lines of the media wars during the most contentious election in recent history. But ultimately, the film is a personal drama of transformation, as Al Franken leaves his comedy days behind and moves from his seat in the sidelines to become a contender inside the political ring. (Balcony Releasing) Expand
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. Less a documentary than a love fest for Al Franken, this scattershot movie, shot over two years, follows the zigzag trail of political satirist Al Franken as he feuds with Bill O'Reilly, campaigns against George W. Bush, and helps establish Air America.
  2. 67
    The film ends with Franken contemplating a run for U.S. Senate, but it's clear that his political campaign began long ago.
  3. Humorist and liberal radio talk-show host Al Franken is a funny guy, and most of the people he attacks - Ann Coulter, Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Dick Cheney - are not. But the joke was on him when George Bush won re-election in 2004.
  4. Even his fans may find themselves frustrated, since the film observes Mr. Franken closely without generating much insight into him.
  5. 50
    The film ends before Franken can actually take the step from commentator to participant, which adds to its overall unfinished and unfocused air.
  6. 50
    For me, Franken is funniest at his least guarded and his most incorrect, and as he inches toward becoming a politician himself, we get less and less of that.
  7. This film by Nick Doob and Chris Hegedus forces us to make some decisions about him. For myself, I find him generally gross, in person and in manner.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4