Michael Moore Hates America

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Michael Moore Hates America
MMHA-poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Michael Wilson
Produced by Carr Hagerman
Written by Michael Wilson
Starring Andrew Breitbart
Peter Damon
Dinesh D'Souza
Penn Jillette
Sandra Froman
Michael Moore
Michael Wilson
Cinematography Carr Hagerman
Christopher Ohlsen
Michael Wilson
Edited by Greg Browning
Distributed by HCW Films
Release date(s) 2004
Running time 125 min
Country United States
Language English

Michael Moore Hates America is a documentary film directed by Mike Wilson that criticizes director Michael Moore. It premiered September 12, 2004, in Dallas, Texas, at the American Film Renaissance film festival.[1][2][3][4]

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The movie and its poster are patterned after Moore's film Roger & Me, during which Moore attempts to chase down Roger Bonham Smith for an interview. In this case, Wilson seeks an interview with Moore. Wilson also adopts other aspects of Moore's style in his efforts at satirizing Moore. For instance, Wilson interviews a mix of Americans across the country and well-known figures like conservatives Dinesh D'Souza, David Horowitz and Andrew Breitbart, liberal Albert Maysles and fellow libertarians such as Penn Jillette and Tim Slagle. Wilson revisits some of Moore's shooting locations and subjects from Roger & Me and Bowling for Columbine, and attempts to discredit many aspects of Moore's films.[3]

Wilson's main criticism is that Moore misrepresents the truth by (1) staging events and (2) deftly cutting sequences to distort the truth. As an example of (1), Michael Wilson offers the scene in Bowling for Columbine where Michael Moore gets a gun on opening a bank account. An interview with the bank employees suggests that Michael Moore had arranged for the gun to be delivered to the bank ahead of time so he could walk outside with it immediately after opening the bank account. As an example of (2), Michael Wilson offers the scenes in Bowling for Columbine of NRA president Charlton Heston speaking. The scenes are cut together from different speeches; however, in the film they may be construed to be from one speech given shortly after the Columbine shooting at a meeting in Denver.[5]

Reception[edit]

Rotten tomatoes evaluated 75% positive reviews.[6] Many favored the film's examination of Moore's methods.[4]

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