Bowling for Columbine (2002)
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|Rating:||R (for some violent images and language)|
|Genre:||Documentary, Special Interest|
|Directed By:||Michael Moore, Charlton Heston, Dick Clark, George W. Bush, John Nichols, Marilyn Manson, Matt Stone|
|Written By:||Michael Moore|
|In Theaters:||Oct 11, 2002 Wide|
|On DVD:||Aug 19, 2003|
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Critic Reviews for Bowling for Columbine
Agree with his messages or not, there's no denying the effectiveness of Moore's presentation.
For all its gallows humor and choked laughter of disbelief, it feels rather soul-sick and bewildered.
It may be more op-ed than journalistic, but that does not distract from the fact that BFC makes for a thoroughly enjoyable, thought provoking film.
Audience Reviews for Bowling for Columbine
You may not agree with Moore's sometimes questionable methods, but there is no denying that he presents some very strong arguments in this important, thought-provoking exposé of what drives and motivates these occurrences in a country where fear is instilled into people by a crippled system.
Michael Moore examines the social climate which resulted in the massacre at Columbine High School, when two socially awkward students armed themselves with automatic weapons and went on a killing spree. Michael Moore is very much a Marmite kind of film maker; people either love or hate him and his one man crusades against the established way of thinking. I personally applaud his willingness to stand up to those who would suppress the truth to promote their own agenda and let's face it, the American corporate system is the biggest propaganda machine in the world so anyone claiming that Moore is "biased" really ought to be taking a closer look at his opposition. In Bowling For Columbine he surprisingly does not point the finger directly at US gun culture (although there has to be something to be said for Chris Rock's ammunition pricing system! If it works for cigarettes...) Instead he examines the economic climate in which the local community had been drained of employment and opportunity, the media's sensationalist, fear-mongering agenda and the lack of hope that the educational system cultivates within the disenfranchised. Occasionally a little heavy handed (ending on a confrontation with Charlton Heston which comes across as the meaningless harassment of an old man was a mistake) but always informative and entertaining.
A terrific portrait of a America full of fears and violence, a great masterpiece by Michael Moore. Fresh.
Bowling for Columbine Quotes
|himself:||It was the morning of April 20th 1999, and it was pretty much like any other morning in America. The Farmer did his chores. The milkman made his deliveries. The President bombed another country whose name we couldn't pronounce.|
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