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Canadian Bacon (1995)
Too good to be Moore
As weak as the script is for Canadian Bacon, it's too good to have been written by Michael Moore. This movie accurately brings to life the unique caricaturist view that Canadians hold of Americans. I don't believe any American, not even one from Flint, could accept this critical perspective - never mind understand it sufficiently well to write a script which embraces it.
I expect that John Candy had a much bigger hand in writing the script than has been acknowledged and THAT'S a conspiracy more befitting of Michael Moore! I won't be surprised if that is revealed to us at some point in the future. Perhaps when Dan Aykroyd writes his tell-all autobiography, he'll let us in on the dirty little secret.
I thought the interplay between the President (Alan Alda) and General Dick Panzer (Rip Torn) was a weak attempt at parody of the relationship between the President (Peter Sellers) and General Buck Turgidson (George C. Scott) in the classic Dr. Strangelove. In fact, the most enjoyable part of their interchange was that it caused me to drift back to that brilliant production.
But, anything in which John Candy is involved is worthy of our attention (yes, even the Toronto Argonauts), and that's the best thing I can say about this movie. Candy's character provides the few chuckles in this (barely) cute movie.