Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 105 minutes
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Any rational person would read the title of this pro-Beck DVD release and think, “Thank God.” Can you imagine Glenn Beck as president? The man is irrational, reactionary, alarmist, jingoistic, and ill-informed. On second thought, it sounds as if he has all the qualifications for the Oval Office.
Part stand-up comedy, part campaign speech, this DVD will be nirvana to Beck fans, and there are plenty of them. Even people less than enthusiastic about the man will have to admit that he can be funny and does actually point out a few valid problems of our culture (out of control laws comes to mind). And while he most likely takes artistic liberties with some of his stories, you can definitely see his point on some issues. Of course this does not invalidate the fact that Beck, at heart, is one of those fear mongers who are given too much media time. This DVD isn’t nearly as bad as his television show in that respect, but some of his more insane rhetoric does shine through. (However, Kudos must go to him for mentioning Mexican bathtub cheese, which makes me think I am not insane as I have been talking about this disgusting “product” for years.)
America is a fairly divided country. We have those who voted for Obama based simply on his skin color, and those who would never vote for a black man due to his skin color. These two sides will never see that they are of the same coin. Beck excels at exposing how ignorant and hypocritical the people he opposes are, but fails to see the same in himself. When he proclaims that he likes and endorses torture as a viable option, he never admits that if he were to consider himself a fair man he would have to grant that foreign countries would have equal right to torture our people. I bet, though, that if he learned of a country that routinely tortured Americans as part of an interrogation (which I am sure countries do, it just isn’t in the news as much as our torturing of people is), Beck would call for nuclear war.
Beck is entertaining to that same segment of society that grooves on Larry the Cable Guy, and they will love this DVD. Other audiences, the ones who would rather save polar bears instead of shooting them in the head (something Beck claims he wants to do), may find their enjoyment of this release a bit limited.
Posted on October 13, 2009 in Reviews by Doug Brunell
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