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Where to Invade Next: Michael Moore’s quest is far from revolutionary

Where to Invade Next is an expansive, funny and subversive comedy in which Michael Moore, playing the role of ‘invader,’ visits a host of nations to learn how the U.S. could improve its own prospects.

Dog Eat Dog Films

2.5 out of 4 stars

Written by
Michael Moore
Directed by
Michael Moore
Genre
Documentary
Classification
14A
Country
USA
Language
English
Year
2015

When Michael Moore announced his new, unexpected documentary's title, expectations were high.

Was the instigator behind Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11 going to burn U.S. foreign policy to the ground? Did he have some sort of shocking exposé on his hands?

Not so much – instead, Where to Invade Next is more cutesey than confrontational, more endearing than incendiary.

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The film simply focuses on Moore as he visits various European countries to discover how America can benefit from their attitudes toward health, education, sex and crime.

It's frequently funny and entertaining enough, but its insights are far from revolutionary.

This is sociology for dummies – and even they might find Moore's points overly laboured.

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About the Author

Barry Hertz is the deputy arts editor and film editor for The Globe and Mail. He previously served as the Executive Producer of Features for the National Post, and was a manager and writer at Maclean’s before that. His arts and culture writing has also been featured in several publications, including Reader’s Digest and NOW Magazine. More

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