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  • Summary: Damn! is the the story of Rent is 2 Damn High founder Jimmy McMillan, a Vietnam veteran, black belt Karate master, former stripper, and 70’s soul singer, who became an overnight sensation after his appearance on the 2010 New York gubernatorial debate went viral, receiving over 2 million views in 24 hours and lifting Jimmy from political obscurity into the international spotlight. In what becomes an unforgettable journey, Damn! is the only film to ever capture the rise of a viral sensation and the media fixation that follows as it all unfolds. It’s a sometimes funny and sometimes dark look into what happens when mass media, politics, and money all descend upon the
    life of one man. (The Disinformation Company)
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  • Director: Aaron Fisher-Cohen
  • Genre(s): Biography, Comedy, Documentary, News
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Runtime: 72 min
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  2. Negative: 3 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Aug 11, 2011
    90
    Mr. Fisher-Cohen captures Mr. McMillan's transformation from a guy with a funny look and line into someone who believes his own hype and misconstrues his Warholian 15 minutes for widespread popularity and influence. It's a dismaying portrait and, here in the YouTube age, a direct hit.
  2. Reviewed by: S. James Snyder
    Aug 10, 2011
    60
    Damn! clearly knows a thing or two about fameballs, but it leaves the rest of the heavy lifting to the viewer.
  3. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Aug 10, 2011
    42
    Damn! would be a more insightful condemnation of the exploitation process if it didn't reek so strongly of exploitation itself.
  4. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    Aug 13, 2011
    30
    Even at 73 minutes, the film is, well, too damn long.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Holcomb
    Aug 9, 2011
    30
    The director ultimately treads too fine a line between exposé and cash-in, in part because he belabors his thesis. Sure, McMillan is at least half charlatan, but 20 minutes into Damn! it's clear that he's also a sad, possibly disturbed man who needs a compassionate caseworker more than the attention of a fickle public or ambitious documentarian.
  6. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Aug 12, 2011
    25
    Little more than a rehash of old news.
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