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What's the Matter with Kansas? (2009)

Unrated  |   |  Documentary  |  30 July 2010 (USA)
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In 'What's the Matter with Kansas?' a politically active Kansas megachurch splinters, moves to an amusement park, and when that fails, a Best Western motel. Meanwhile, an idealistic farmer ... See full summary »

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Alyssa Barden ...
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Brittany Barden ...
Herself - Volunteer, Phill Kline Campaign
Dawn Barden ...
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Matthew Barden ...
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Nicholas Barden ...
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Rob Barden ...
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Tiffany Barden ...
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Brad Bennett ...
Himself - Pro-Life Activist
Cindie Bennett ...
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Julie Burkhart ...
Herself - ProKanDo, Kansas Pro-Choice Advocacy Group
Angel Dillard ...
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Katy Dillard ...
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Reagan Dillard ...
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Rob Dillard ...
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In 'What's the Matter with Kansas?' a politically active Kansas megachurch splinters, moves to an amusement park, and when that fails, a Best Western motel. Meanwhile, an idealistic farmer revives Kansas' progressive tradition, taking his message all the way to Washington, D.C. Written by Laura Cohen

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How conservatives won the heart of America.

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31 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In jazz, when a talented and professional outfit goes "free time" the result can be beautiful; when amateurs try they usually produce simple noise. This is noise. Without narration this film has no context. It doesn't even address the title's question, let alone answer it. And the DVD's extras include a Q&A with the filmmakers, which confirms their condescension toward their subject.

To be useful, they could have asked the subjects about politics: why they vote the way they do, and why they feel theocrats represent their interests. They could have chased the money behind theocratic politicians and unveiled the lies they tell to get elected, only to serve the interests of the wealthiest 2% of individuals and the rapacious corporations that run this nation. Instead, we get a camera following some very nice but misguided people around their town.

The featured characters are interesting, but the film is not. Nor is it informative or insightful in any way.


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