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Documentary on reported Conservative bias of the Rupert Murdoch-owned Fox News Channel (FNC), which promotes itself as "Fair and Balanced". Material includes interviews with former FNC employees and the inter-office memos they provided.
A comedic documentary which follows The Yes Men, a small group of prankster activists, as they gain world-wide notoriety for impersonating the World Trade Organization on television and at business conferences around the world. The film begins when two members of The Yes Men, Andy and Mike, set up a website that mimics the World Trade Organization's--and it's mistaken for the real thing. They play along with the ruse and soon find themselves invited to important functions as WTO representatives. Delighted to represent the organization they politically oppose, Andy and Mike don thrift-store suits and set out to shock unwitting audiences with darkly comic satire that highlights the worst aspects of global free trade. Written by
Sujit R. Varma
This one's a perfect example of good intentions fatally flawed by weak execution.
Of course, all the anti-globalization pranks the Yes Men are confronting their unsuspecting audiences with are to be applauded for their daring activism, but even compared to the polemic and sensationalistic likes of Michael Moore (who even appears in this pic for a few short moments) there's no sharp satirical edge to the duo's mischief. Their fake presentations are simply too silly, while the didactic and emotional impact remains slight.
Additionally, the storyline and editing are way too sloppy, focusing more on the Yes Men's preparations than on the activities themselves.
Still, this kind of leftist guerrilla cinema is welcome, but it could've been so much better.
5 out of 10 inflatable phallic monitors
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