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Monday, January 15, 2018

Michael Moore's 'Slacker Uprising'


Slacker Uprising traces Michael Moore's 62-city tour of the swing states during the 2004 Presidential election. To get the slackers to attend, they were offered a clean change of under-wear and a promise that no event would start before noon.

Watching this DVD I felt like the chap who'd brought home "Big Jugs" from the local video shop because, instead of Moore attempting "to save John Kerry and the Democrats from themselves", we get Moore the film-maker following Moore the public speaker from venue to venue as he is cheered by adoring crowds, hailed by the likes of Joan Baez, Michael Stipe and Viggo Mortensen, and showcasing his witty way with hecklers.

Slacker Uprising offers neither analysis of nor lessons from Kerry's defeat. In fact, it offers no argument whatsoever, just a lot of shots of Moore's name on digital marquees and his face preaching to the choir.

Watch it at your own peril.