Where to Invade Next
What starts as a fairly interesting film about how foreign countries feed and teach their children goes off the rails and loses any sense of focus in this, the latest junk food documentary from goofball Michael Moore. The premise for this one has a flag-toting Moore representing America “invading” other countries and threatening to steal ideas like great school cafeterias and free tuition. Moore has a way of presenting scintillating factoids only to cloud their presentation with dopey and gimmicky showboating. The bit where he plants American flags and says he’s claiming shit for America is lame the first time, and incredibly mundane the tenth. There’s just something about this guy when he gets all sad and somber and scary with his narrations that makes me want to throw a small car at the movie screen. As usual, Moore presents some facts about other great countries while demonizing the one we live in. Sure, we have room for improvement, but so do the countries Moore visits in the movie. Oddly enough, we only see the really good stuff other countries have to offer with only mere small mentions of any problems they might be having. Moore has a history of twisting and playing with the facts to match up with his agenda, and this movie is no exception. Plus, it just isn’t very well made. It’s sloppy and lazy documentary filmmaking.