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Canadian Bacon (1995)

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In Michael Moore's political satire, the U.S. president (Alan Alda) decides to wage a cold war against Canada in an attempt to reverse his slipping popularity, and, as a result, he drives a small group of incensed Canadians to take matters into their own hands. Alda is the first president in years not to lead his country into war, which naturally means that his approval rating is dangerously low. The sure-fire way to boost his popularity is to start a war and demonstrate American superiority.

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May 22, 2001

MGM Home Entertainment

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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (12) | DVD (1)

The best thing you can say about this scattershot political satire is that the late John Candy's next-to-last picture is relatively funnier and less depressing than his valedictory Wagons East.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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Moore's agit-prop is mildly amusing, but far too preachy to hold water.

August 29, 2005
Flipside Movie Emporium

Moore's only non-docu is a misfire, a diffuse, unfunny political satire that only John Candy's most avid fans might enjoy.

July 3, 2005 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Falls entirely short of its potential

June 8, 2004
Reel.com

Let's leave the poking fun at Canadians to those who do it best - Canadians.

August 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Views

A funny, underrated little gem that doesn't say much for Michael Moore as a fictional director, but does showcase his talents as a writer. The last decent John Candy film.

February 7, 2003 | Comment (1)
Countingdown.com

A dreadful waste of top talent.

August 1, 2002
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Wow. Just wow. Moore should stick to the "non-fiction" world.

July 25, 2002 | Comments (3)
eFilmCritic.com

Funny often enough to make it worth watching.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
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Audience Reviews for Canadian Bacon

Michael Moore's comedy may not be for everyone as evidenced by the disparity of reviews here ... but I laughed throughout. The jokes may not be huge, certainly not as big as the egos of the countries it lampoons, but there was a undercurrent of truth in the gags that'll keep 'em in yer head long after you see it.
April 9, 2013
ApeneckFletcher

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Very clever and very amusing comedy staring yet not centred around John Candy, this is more of a vehicle for many good character actors including Alan Alda, Rip Torn, Dan Aykroyd, Kevin Pollak and G.D. Spradlin.

The US President is losing in the approval ratings so on advice from his yes men he invents a war between the US and Canada, that is the plot and its brilliant. Michael Moore writes, directs and cameos in his film which is far better than you would think despite it vanishing into obscurity after release.

A minor political satire mixed with black comedy and outright stupidity added with some great performances which really send up the US government, Alda and Torn in the war room together are brilliant, there is also quite abit of influence here from other classic films. One such scene where Dan Aykroyd as a Canadian policeman pulls Candy over in his truck pointing out that the graffiti on the side of his truck must be in French as well as English for all French speaking Canadians which bares a very close similarity to the classic scene in 'Monty Python's Life of Brian' where the Roman centurion orders Brian to spell check his graffiti he had scrawled all over the Roman walls.

Great little gem :)
August 13, 2011
phubbs1

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Canadian Bacon is a very underrated comedy. Directed by documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, Canadian Bacon tells the story of an unpopular U.S President trying to gain popularity in the polls by trying to start a new cold war with Canada! As a Canadian I found this to be a very funny film filled with the usual stereotypes. Michael Moore's script is witty and original. The cast headed by John Candy (in his last role) are all terrific. Each bring something to the screen which makes Canadian Bacon an above average comedy. This is a very clever comedy with political overtones and it works. John Candy is terrific in last performance. I though he brought on big laughs here as a dimwitted American Sheriff. The only thing that really sucks about this film is that it's Candy's last. Canadian Bacon is an original comedy with plenty of laughs that shouldn't be overlooked. Unfortunately it has, and it unfair because Canadian Bacon despite not being a flawless film is really a lot of fun to watch. If you're Canadian like me, you'll understand it's humour a lot more. Most people that this film a bad review seem to miss the point of this entirely. Oh well. Canadian Bacon is a well written, acted and surprisingly accomplished film by Michael Moore. The film may not appeal to everyone, but to those who enjoy such humour, you're in for a treat. This film is a definite comedy classic (for me at least).
May 31, 2011
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    1. Sheriff Bud Boomer: There's not a locked door in the whole country.
    – Submitted by Tim W (5 months ago)
    1. President of the United States: Release Honey pronto, or we'll level Toronto!
    – Submitted by Eric J (2 years ago)
    1. Gus: These Canadians suffer from a serious inferiority complex. That's why they built this: The Canadian National Tower! World's largest free-standing structure!
    – Submitted by Andrew B (2 years ago)
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