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The Second Civil War Reviews

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August 22, 2012
a title maybe a little too pompous for a comedy that doesnt make you laugh. Too much a television movie than anything else, it has an original plot but the viewers cannot really follow the events, because it is boring and sometimes it doesnt either add up.
July 19, 2012
J'adore quand Dante est caustique comme ça... Bien grinçant comme il faut, même si l'ensemble reste un peu en surface. Apr (C)s c'est une com (C)die donc ca passe. Mais c'est vrai que j'aurais bien voulu une version faite par Oliver Stone aussi.
½ May 16, 2012
What was true then is still true now. Loved it.
½ April 25, 2011
One of Dante's lesser movies seems to be held back by its television roots. There are some great things in here; a funny script, solid performances, and some biting satire. But...the movie ends right when it gets interesting.

It feels like, in order to avoid having lots of battle scenes, the whole "war" aspect is limited to the final ten minutes. This means we get a lot of build up, much of which feels like wheel spinning. Beau Bridges' storyline in particular feels like its running on one cylinder. He loves the reporter, she is frustrated by his political decisions and won't be with him. This scene just happens over and over again, or so it seems.

And then, once the movie gets going, it's over, never really hammering home the satirical points its trying to make. In fact the ending gets oddly sentimental and patriotic, trying to add gravitas to the events unfolding. Everything comes across as Diet Dr. Strangelove which is sad because there are some really great ideas in the movie.

But, Dante feels like he's being held back, and his usual anarchic spirit is oddly muted (which is funny for a movie about anarchy).
September 25, 2010
A farce on a serious issue: this black comedy shows how little ineptitude can lead to big chaos
½ January 5, 2010
The tone of this political satire is all over the place, with each actor seemingly playing in a different film. Dante as director really has to take the blame there, seemingly letting the serious point overwhelm the humour, with only Bridges and Coburn really managing to find performances that work in the context of the film. When you've got Phil Hartman underplaying the role of a President whose country is falling apart around him, you know something's gone wrong.
February 24, 2009
Un jeu de massacre divertissant et caustique, dirige par Joe Dante, le pere des Gremlins, pour denoncer le repli communautaire aux Etats-Unis. "La deuxieme guerre civile", telefilm realise pour le compte de la chaine cablee HBO, se deroule dans un "futur proche". Le gouverneur populiste et xenophobe de l'Idaho decide de fermer les frontieres de son etat pour marquer son refus d'accueillir de jeunes refugies pakistanais. Tout part alors en sucette et s'acheve en "revival" de la Guerre de Secession, les Hispaniques de Los Angeles et les Chinois du Delaware soutenant paradoxalement l'Idaho face a l'etat federal. Le president americain, terne et indecis, rappelle le Merkin Muffley du "Dr Folamour" de Kubrick. Manipule par un spin doctor cynique et irresponsable, campe par James Coburn, il assiste impuissant a la "balkanisation" de son pays, malgre ses postures de "grand homme" obsede par ses illustres predecesseurs. En construisant son recit a travers le "regard" en "live" d'une chaine de television tout info, Joe Dante brocarde sans retenue la societe du spectacle, la mediocrite et l'imposture mediatique, tout comme le "charity business". C'est meme un peu tout much parfois, quelques lourdeurs et certaines facilites venant un peu plomber la dynamique narrative et la pertinence du propos.
January 23, 2009
if only GW could blame Iraq on something like this...
½ November 17, 2008
sarcastic, ironic, what more?
August 28, 2008
a great spoof on the issue of immigration that tears apart both sides of the issue. Phil Hartman is great playing the president
August 9, 2008
"a very uncivil comedy" - highly cynical - must see!
½ June 7, 2008
The federal government attacks Idaho for refusing to let more immigrants in. The rest of the states of America are mostly composed of single foreign ethnic groups of which the Chinese of Rhode Island support Idaho. The Alamo gets blown up by Mexicans.

This is probably what America is going to look like in the future.
November 15, 2007
Phil Hartman is President
½ November 10, 2007
A simple immigration issue spins wildly out of control for those involved, rangi...(read more...)ng from the President of the United States, to a news producer.
November 9, 2007
Skulle den har filmen kommit nagra ar senare skulle den sakert blitt mer omtalad. Filmen kretsar kring fragor som moral, imigration, media och hur mycket makt de individuella staterna i USA ska ha i forhallande till den federala makten. Eftersom det ar en amerikansk film sa sockras storyn med en missplaced love story och fluffigt svart cynik. Helt lysande skadespeleri och vandningar i storyn tillsammans med en mansklig varme gor att filmen ar oerhort underskattad.
½ October 14, 2007
This was one of my favorite political statement movies from my high school years. Very funny, very smart, and raises some fair questions, I guess. Plenty of good acting. I think it was a straight to HBO movie, before Sporanos brought HBO back from the grave, so it's pretty obscure, and hard to find.
September 25, 2007
fantastic movie. Everyone should watch it. Seriously funny, and farcically true.
½ September 2, 2007
Wishing doesn't make it so.
July 5, 2007
This is one of the most classic movies of all time. Phil Hartman is hilarious.
June 10, 2007
A great spoof on the whole issue of immigration. The only weak spot on the film is Elizabeth Pena's character. Casting Phil Hartman to play the inept president was a genius move.
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