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2 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Good ideas if you get past the asinine presentation

Author: rgcustomer from Canada
4 December 2010

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This film is one of the few, and maybe the only one I've seen over TV, to correctly and repeatedly identify overpopulation (particularly of Western civilization, and those striving to be like us) as THE problem of our times. The other problems listed are: war on nature, rich/poor, peak oil, global warming. They are all influenced by overpopulation.

And the film tries to present some reasonable solutions we can all do. First, drive past Exxon/Esso/Mobil. I already do that, because of other rotten policies they have. It's a horrible person (the law says it is a person) and I don't do business with horrible people. Then the three "Lifebulb" changes (no, not the Ohio designer/photographer, not the vacation company, and not the CFL lightbulb company): no beef, one baby, buy used. These are all great ideas, and all possible right now (unless you've already had more kids than you should).

Then... "change of heart". It's not really explained what this means, or how it will work. It's just there. People's relationships with other people are very complex. You can't wish away the realities of the brain/mind.

Giant-killing... this seems to be about becoming your own Michael Moore. It works. But not very often. That's why we all need to do it.

Last is transition/relocalization, although what they say sounds just a little bit communist to me. And I'm a socialist. People are going to have a problem with the end of privacy, the communal living, etc. It also seems to require a construction boom like the world has never seen. Where is the fuel coming for that? And, if you make my city into series of small towns, I'm out of here. Small towns are toxic conformist places, and nobody should have to live in one. (Sorry small towns, but you know it's true).

It's a shame that this film is so Canada-centric, given that the problems and solutions are common to all Western-style populations.

And again, it's sad that this film is presented in such a joking (really, really, bad joking) manner. You have to force yourself to keep watching it, because it does seem to offer at least some worthwhile solutions. Failure at stand-up comedy doesn't mean you should make a film showing off your lack of talent.

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2 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Changed my Life!

Author: mo-907-603167 from Canada
26 November 2010

I spent the last 5 years trying to convince people to read Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. But after watching Jon's Comedy Documentary, How To Boil a Frog, I'm on a new mission! Finally a documentary about Global Warming that gives us answers and hope, instead of a feeling of "UTTER DOOM". Lets face it - We all understand that we are destroying the planet. HTBAF shows us how we can save the human race by doing 5 things. And as far as Atlas Shrugged goes, well honestly... Is there really any hope for Government? lol! Speaking of HOPE....(Rhymes with POPE).. What a fun challenge it will be to get the Catholic Church on board the HTBAF Train!

Make Friends, Make Fun, Make Trouble! Perfect!

This Documentary is a MUST SEE for everyone interested in saving the Human Race!

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