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American Movie

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American Movie

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
107 minutes
director:
Chris Smith
distributor:
Fox Lorber
genre:
Documentary, Drama, Comedy

We gave it a B

Chris Smith’s uneasily amusing documentary about Mark Borchardt, a skinny, unworldly 32-year-old Wisconsinite on his roundabout quest to make an indie horror movie. Borchardt’s unironic intensity in the face of money problems, family problems, and across-the-board screwups is touching, but Smith’s poker-faced dispassion about his subject’s vulnerably antic lifestyle turns a real, unpolished person, along with his family and friends, into colorful movie characters. B