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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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Joe Winston

Writer:

Thomas Frank (book)

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Credited cast:
Alyssa Barden Alyssa Barden ... Self
Brittany Barden Brittany Barden ... Self - Volunteer, Phill Kline Campaign
Dawn Barden Dawn Barden ... Self
Matthew Barden Matthew Barden ... Self
Nicholas Barden Nicholas Barden ... Self
Rob Barden Rob Barden ... Self - Volunteer, Phill Kline Campaign
Tiffany Barden Tiffany Barden ... Self
Brad Bennett Brad Bennett ... Self - Pro-Life Activist
Cindie Bennett Cindie Bennett ... Self - Pro-Life Activist
Julie Burkhart Julie Burkhart ... Self - ProKanDo, Kansas Pro-Choice Advocacy Group
Angel Dillard Angel Dillard ... Self - Pro-Life Activist
Katy Dillard Katy Dillard ... Self - Angel & Rob's Daughter
Reagan Dillard Reagan Dillard ... Self - Angel & Rob's Daughter
Rob Dillard Rob Dillard ... Self - Emergency Room Physician
Thomas Etheredge Thomas Etheredge ... Self - Owner, WIld West World
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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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Directionless
31 January 2011 | by goodcSee 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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English

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Kansas, USA See more »

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Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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