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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 »


Joe Winston


Thomas Frank (book)



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Credited cast:
Alyssa Barden Alyssa Barden ... Herself
Brittany Barden Brittany Barden ... Herself - Volunteer, Phill Kline Campaign
Dawn Barden Dawn Barden ... Herself
Matthew Barden Matthew Barden ... Himself
Nicholas Barden Nicholas Barden ... Himself
Rob Barden Rob Barden ... Himself - Volunteer, Phill Kline Campaign
Tiffany Barden Tiffany Barden ... Herself
Brad Bennett Brad Bennett ... Himself - Pro-Life Activist
Cindie Bennett Cindie Bennett ... Herself - Pro-Life Activist
Julie Burkhart Julie Burkhart ... Herself - ProKanDo, Kansas Pro-Choice Advocacy Group
Angel Dillard Angel Dillard ... Herself - Pro-Life Activist
Katy Dillard Katy Dillard ... Herself - Angel & Rob's Daughter
Reagan Dillard Reagan Dillard ... Herself - Angel & Rob's Daughter
Rob Dillard Rob Dillard ... Himself - Emergency Room Physician
Thomas Etheredge Thomas Etheredge ... Himself - Owner, WIld West World


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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30 July 2010 (USA) See more »

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Kansas, USA See more »


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$250,000 (estimated)
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Rally Round The Cause, Boys
6 February 2011 | by valis1949See all my reviews

WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS ? clearly demonstrates how only voting, 'For' ,or 'Against', "Cultural Issues" (Abortion, Gay Rights, Gun Control, Immigration, etc), is a waste of a vote. Although voters are led to believe otherwise, in state elections these subjects are usually not even on the ballot, and by voting for candidates solely on the basis of their positions on these issues is ridiculous. However, it does allow that the social and economic issues which ARE of value to the electorate are then, NEVER addressed. Only in modern day America would a voter with No job security, No benefits, and No health insurance determine who gets his vote by wondering how the candidate stands on The Right To Life or The Death Tax. This film proves how Kansas got fooled, and I hope it's a Head's Up for the rest of America. And, I think that the film goes the extra mile to portray these religiously motivated(deluded?)individuals in the most favorable light. After the credits rolled, I only felt pity for these people.

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