To me this was an interesting film as I vaguely remember hearing about this years ago, but didn't follow it. Funny how the unscripted (?) reality series is so popular now. I guess it's all in the timing; the readiness factor.
Making a movie is such an ego ride for most. All the money and pampered/privileged gestalt surrounding m o v i e s makes a toxic hypnotic. Yes, excellent job making a re-making. Casting look-alikes (who cares?). Excellent acting shifting between off-camera/on-some-cameras/on-the-real-camera. But is it really anything more than a project for the twenty or so primaries? A vanity project?; whatever trance SoCal-media is in. Actually a grand waste of everybody else’s time. Yes, entertainment. Yes, more of what I already have. But the self-centeredness of that self-involved shrine to the trance (quoting Mickey Rourke in “Rumble Fish”, “America is like a beautiful woman junked out on heroin”). >>> All you really have is a 2 hr condensation of the 10 or more hrs of the original. It is a neat ‘idea’ to do it consciously; the acting is the thing. Probably better left as an acting class workshop. >>>> Being entertained is usually fattening, like sugar. Or like an addiction.
Pretty good accounting of the making of An American Family. Now people are clamoring to be on reality tv. 15 minutes.
This is another winner from the HBO film department. It is the fictional behind-the-scenes story of the making 'An American Family', the revolutionary 1970s PBS documentary centered around the Loud family.This is an interesting companion piece to the documentary which I recommend watching first.
It was O.K for a home TV movie. I was entertained and interesting. But it was NOT worth the long library wait or the price to rent from a Red Box. "I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.”
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