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Interesting and entertaining film but Franken does not come over as well as he would like and it does play a bit like a campaign promotional See more (6 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Al Franken ... Himself
Franni Bryson ... Herself (as Franni Franken)
Katherine Lanpher ... Herself
Billy Kimball ... Himself
Ben Wikler ... Himself
Tim Bradley ... Himself - Team Franken
Ayo Griffin ... Himself - Team Franken
Rob Mackey ... Himself - Team Franken
Jim Norton ... Himself - Team Franken
Chris Rosen ... Himself - Team Franken
Kate Sullivan ... Herself - Team Franken
Gabrielle Zuckerman ... Herself - Team Franken
William J. Bennett ... Himself (as Bill Bennett)
Neal Boortz ... Himself

George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage) (as President George Bush)
Tucker Carlson ... Himself
Dick Cheney ... Himself

Hillary Rodham Clinton ... Herself (as Senator Hillary Clinton)
Evan Cohen ... Himself
Norm Coleman ... Himself (as Senator Norm Coleman)

Ann Coulter ... Herself
John Edwards ... Himself (as Senator John Edwards)
Matthew Entenza ... Himself (as Rep. Matthew Entenza)
David Foster ... Himself
Joe Franken ... Himself
Phoebe Kunst Franken ... Herself

Janeane Garofalo ... Herself
Carl Ginsburg ... Himself
David Goodfriend ... Himself

Al Gore ... Himself (archive footage)

Tipper Gore ... Herself (archive footage)
C. Boyden Gray ... Himself
Lloyd Grove ... Himself
Sean Hannity ... Himself
Karen Hughes ... Herself
Brit Hume ... Himself (archive footage)
Molly Ivins ... Herself (as Molly Ivens)

Robert Kennedy Jr. ... Himself (as Robert F. Kennedy Jr.)
Bob Kerrey ... Himself (as Senator Bob Kerrey)

John Kerry ... Himself (as Senator John Kerry)

Henry Kissinger ... Himself

Jay Leno ... Himself
Rush Limbaugh ... Himself (archive footage)
Michael Medved ... Himself
Zell Miller ... Himself (archive footage) (as Senator Zell Miller)
Walter Mondale ... Himself (as Vice President Walter Mondale)

Michael Moore ... Himself

Bill O'Reilly ... Himself
Steve Roberts ... Himself
Pat Schroeder ... Herself (as Representative Pat Schroeder)
Chuck Schumer ... Himself (as Senator Chuck Schumer)

Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Himself (as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger)
Mark Shanahan ... Himself
William Safire ... Himself
Alan Simpson ... Himself (as Senator Alan Simpson)
Jon Sinton ... Himself
Suzy Vasillov ... Herself
Mark Walsh ... Himself
Lally Weymouth ... Herself
Nick Weicker ... Himself
Paul Wellstone ... Himself (archive footage) (as Senator Paul Wellstone)
Sheila Wellstone ... Herself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Terry McAuliffe ... Himself

Jon Stewart ... Himself

Directed by
Nick Doob 
Chris Hegedus 
 
Produced by
Wendy Ettinger .... consulting producer
Nick Fraser .... executive producer: BBC
Walker Lamond .... associate producer
Rebecca Marshall .... producer
D.A. Pennebaker .... executive producer
Frazer Pennebaker .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ed Smart 
 
Film Editing by
Nick Doob 
Chris Hegedus 
 
Sound Department
Paul Furedi .... sound mixer
Nick Foley .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Ted Swanscott .... adr mixer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Nick Doob .... camera operator
Chris Hegedus .... camera operator
Walker Lamond .... additional camera operator
Rebecca Marshall .... additional camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Mike Maguire .... colorist (as Michael Maguire)
Larry Schmitt .... on-line editor
 
Other crew
Nate Allard .... assistant: Al Franken
Jane Balfour .... foreign sales
Casey Boyd .... assistant: Al Franken
Cathy Carapella .... clearances
Karen Shatzkin .... legal services
 
Thanks
Andy Elias .... thanks
Joe Franken .... thanks
Owen Franken .... thanks
Thomasin Franken .... thanks
Francesca Gage .... thanks
Maya Handelsman .... thanks
Michael Harrison .... thanks
Lisa Johnson .... thanks
Kit Pennebaker .... thanks
Adam Pincus .... thanks
Ellen Ratner .... thanks
Bingham Ray .... thanks
David Rose .... thanks
Nigel Sinclair .... thanks
Pamela Stewart .... thanks
Philip M. Strub .... thanks (as Phil Strub)
Richard Sugarman .... thanks
Mark Wills .... thanks
Jeff Zeiger .... thanks
 

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9 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Interesting and entertaining film but Franken does not come over as well as he would like and it does play a bit like a campaign promotional, 26 March 2007
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Opening with the publishing of his book Lying Liars etc, this film follows the liberal spokesman and comedian Al Franken as he sets up a liberal radio station, goes to the Republican convention and considers a run for Senate. Aside from seeing his book in the shops and watching some of his SNL stuff, I don't really know how he fits into the political landscape in the US. I don't think I'm alone in not completely "getting" how the US works in this regard. In the UK we do have media that falls into certain political groups (eg the Daily Mail has always been a Tory paper) but we don't really have anything like the split like they do in the US.

So I wasn't sure how I would cope with a film that very much involves looking at this split and focuses on a man who is very much on the liberal extreme in the same way that others are on the conservative extreme. However I actually found it very easy to follow because there isn't much more to it than us following Franken on the road. Others have said that it feels like a 90 minute campaign advert and they are bang on because if you are a liberal then the film does very much present a passionate man who is fighting his corner. That plus the fact that he has announced his plans to run for Senate suggests that if the film was not done for this reason then it certainly hasn't hurt.

The film is reasonably balanced in so much as it can be. It (the film) doesn't set out after any republicans but of course, by following Franken and giving him the lion's share of time then it was never going to be a documentary that looks evenly at both sides of the argument. I did enjoy the film and found it both interesting and funny but the nature of the politics in it was what rather put me off. Now I accept that this is the US rather than just this film but I still found the rather polarising nature of both Franken and his conservative foils on Fox News etc hard to swallow. Now satirists and comedians do mock and I have no problem with John Stewart's approach to this; however with Franken we see him meeting with these people and engaging in political debate with them and it is not always pretty. At times he simply lays out the lies and spin of the opposition (as indeed he says he does at one point) and he does it well but other times we see him scoring easy points in people's faces and lowering himself to the level of slanging matches with conservative commentators and journalists. I know it is the nature of US politics for this but I do not see his approach being better than theirs – even if I am closer to his political viewpoint than to theirs. He talks about unifying but he seems keener to split and just see who gets the most votes. I have not done a great job of describing this, but it is an unpleasant part of the film because it is depressing to see both ends of the spectrum just fighting rather than debating.

Overall though, an entertaining film. Probably not even worth a look if you are a conservative, because the film belongs to Franken. At times he comes across as clear minded but at other times he is no better than some of those he mocks – this is the bad side of the film but in fairness this aspect is interesting even as it is unfortunate.

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