Joshua Rich
August 22, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Bowling For Columbine

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
125 minutes
Limited Release Date
10/11/02
performer
Michael Moore
guest performer
George W. Bush, Dick Clark, Charlton Heston, John Nichols, Marilyn Manson, Matt Stone
director
Michael Moore
distributor
United Artists (MGM)
author
Michael Moore
genre
Documentary

We gave it an A

Whether procuring firearms at a bank or offering terrifying security-camera footage from the Littleton, Colo., high school massacre, liberal tinderbox Michael Moore achieves an unprecedented balance of horror and humor in his dissection of violence in America. The subject matter is sobering indeed, yet you can’t help but chuckle at his irreverent ”South Park”-esque cartoon encapsulating the country’s brutal past, or when the creepy brother of an Oklahoma City bombing convict announces, sans irony, ”There’s wackos out there.” Much like the mockumentaries of Christopher Guest, Bowling For Columbine provokes laughs when peeling back the layers of absurdity that underpin our society. The frightening difference, of course, is that Moore’s movie is all too real. EXTRAS Never one to skimp on a little self-promotion, the director includes footage from several of his live appearances and a frank 15-minute defense of his controversial Best Documentary Feature Oscar acceptance speech: ”At the end of the day, I’m Michael Moore — what else was I going to do?”

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