Leslie Nielsen once again plays a bumbling detective in the vein of the 'Naked Gun' movies, but this time as Marshall Richard 'Dick' Dix. When odd reports are received through official ... See full summary »
Dick Steele, Agent WD-40 is assigned by his Director, to stop the evil General Rancor from destroying the world. WD-40 believed Rancor was dead and he teams up with the hot K.G.B. Agent Veronique Ukrinsky to find Rancor and save the world.
At a July 4 barbecue, gramps tells the kids the story of Michael Malone, a documentary filmmaker and Michael Moore look-alike who hates America and wants to abolish July 4th. He refuses to celebrate with his nephew Josh, who's shipping out soon to the Middle East. That night, Michel has a vision of his hero, JFK, who predicts that three ghosts will visit Michael. Sure enough, General Patton, George Washington, and country music star Trace Adkins visit Michael show him the fruits of patriotism, just wars, and pacifism. Meanwhile, Arab terrorists want Malone to help them with a propaganda film. Is he the next Leni Riefenstahl or will he see the light? Written by
At first, I thought the movie was tongue-in-cheek, parodying how Conservatives seem to view Liberals, and waited for the punchline...
Unfortunately, there is no punchline. David Zucker was actually trying to parody progressives, but instead created a list of common misconceptions. It reminded me of when Creationists try to parody evolution. If you don't understand something, your parody of it won't make sense. I can laugh at political jokes I don't agree with if they at least represent my position correctly in order to make the joke. It's on par with making fun of the idea of Global Climate Change while not understanding the difference between climate and weather, or like criticizing Islam to a Sikh. He won't be offended by your criticism of Islam, only the fact that you don't understand what a Sikh is. I wasn't offended by David Zucker's jokes, I'm just disappointed that he has such horrible misconceptions about what progressives want/believe.
For instance, Michael Monroe's apparent support of Cuba in the film is (I guess?) supposed to parody more liberal positions on healthcare, but it misses the point entirely by suggesting that what liberals want is government intervention and control rather than better results, as if the means always justified the ends. He gets so up his own ass he even contradicts himself: For instance, during a ghost-of-Christmas-past-esque visit from George S Patton, Neville Chamberlain manages to prevent WWII, presumably saving millions of lives, after which Patton says "see? Talking to dictators gets you nothing". The fact that millions of lives were saved was apparently offset by the embarrassment of having Neville Chamberlain shine Hitler's shoes, as if not looking like a pussy were more important than saving lives. They then try to suggest that slavery would have continued without the Civil War... even though the UK, France, and pretty much every single country that ever abolished slavery did so without a war... again, as if liberals were always concerned with the means over the ends. Every joke relies on a misconception or misunderstanding.
This movie was really really really sad and horrible. I weep for the future of America.
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