Canadian Bacon (1995)
Michael Moore's follow-up to his very successful debut Roger and Me is a bland and only rarely funny political satire which forecasts Moore's entire documentarian career of the 2000s, from the corrupt presidents and unhealthy American politics to the irony in the ignorance of the average American and the wholesomeness of everything Canadian. Unfortunately, Canadian Bacon is less forceful, less intelligent, and not particularly well-written. The only satire Moore manages to make really humorous here is the oversensitivity and positivity of the Canadians. The rest of this setup is mainly annoying. There is no mistaking what Moore's position is - the problem is just that his story and characters aren't interesting and deep enough. Perhaps Moore should have watched Dr. Strangelove a few more times before writing his script. Alan Alda gives by far the most perceptive performance, whereas John Candy, in his last film, is way off his usual standard.