Canadian Bacon

1 h 35 min1995X-RayPG
Beset by falling approval ratings & a sagging economy, a desperate U.S. president & his closest advisors launch a campaign to turn America against its most unlikely enemy-Canada. However, Bud Boomer, an overly patriotic Niagara Falls sheriff & his band of misfit deputies actually invade Canada & set off a series of comedic events that leaves the President's plans & the New World Order in shambles.
Michael Moore
John CandyAlan AldaRhea Perlman
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Rip TornKevin PollakKevin J. O'ConnorBill Nunn
David BrownKathleen GlynnMichael MooreRon Rotholz
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4.2 out of 5 stars

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Ezra OunceReviewed in the United States on April 14, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Satire par excellence... Alan Alda is the perfect personification of every “Commander in Chief” from LBJ to Trump. His decisions, motivated by narcissism and poll ratings, are based on asinine intel from weasel ‘advisors’ and mainstream media pimping for the military industrial complex at the expense of American and Canadian citizens. John Candy’s character, "Bud Boomer" and his buddies represent all of the intellectually challenged “Joe Six-packs” and Donald-gulled MAGA believers who support the deep state scoundrels and keep them in office. “Honey” exemplifies their feminine (?) component. A satire that was far ahead of its time in depicting the bathos and the mock-epic that is Washington, DC and contemporary America. Sad but true.
17 people found this helpful
RReviewed in the United States on February 12, 2022
3.0 out of 5 stars
True to Life
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The Cold War between Russian and the US has ended, but a radical leftist president, deep in the pocket of corrupt corporate interests, finds himself needing to manufacture a new war to distract voters from how he has utterly failed on all domestic issues. He can't convince Russia to invade anyone, but he does succeed in creating a fake national security scare in Canada after some "fiery but mostly peaceful protests".

This movie is entertaining as well, featuring some nifty vintage M-16 variants. Regrettably, Michael Moore somehow shoehorned his way in, and John Belushi's untalented brother was allowed on set at one point.
4 people found this helpful
Life Happens Make Ice CreamReviewed in the United States on February 4, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Cheered me up from constant bad news in the pandemic
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I love John Candy movies. I hope more of them will be available to watch on Prime. This was a perfect antidote to the manufactured rage and hate of the polarized news nowadays. Probably my favorite scene is when the Mountie (Akroyd) stops the gang driving the truck with anti Canadian slurs spray painted all over it, and tickets them $10 USD for not having it in both English and French, then makes them spray paint the slurs in French before letting them continue on their way. In another scene, the gang sneaks over to Canada to... litter, and the Mounties catch them, but, get into a polite academic debate on the correct grammar for asking them to stop. Meanwhile most of them escape.

The premise is that it's post-Cold War and the US needs someone to have international tension with so they attempt to manufacture hate and fear of Canadians. It goes too far of course.
3 people found this helpful
Ryan ShumakerReviewed in the United States on March 31, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Felt Dumber after each minute of the film
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Had we continued to watch this film, my wife and I would have had the combined I.Q.'s of a chunk of firewood by the end of the film. However, we had the sense to stop watching after about 10 minutes which reduced our I.Q.'s by about 8%. Another great film by that obviously brilliant writer and political mastermind (sarcasm intended) Michael Moore. Obviously not all comedy and satire is funny.
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mill workerReviewed in the United States on April 3, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Disappointing Film
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I am usually a John Candy and Alan Alda fan but this has to be the worst movie for both gentlemen. Very disappointing. I watched until the end hoping the film would get better and funnier. It didn't.
14 people found this helpful
RiverskokReviewed in the United States on April 27, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Not my kind of comedy
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John Candy is a favorite actor of mine so I was excited to see there was a movie of his that I hadn't seen before. Started to watch and saw that Michael Moore directed it and thought uh oh. I'm a bit annoyed that John Candy would be used in such a weird movie that was beneath him.
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jamesReviewed in the United States on March 21, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Total disappointment
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So bad, the writing is down right bleak, I've seen high school students with better writing skills, the acting was completely forced and without substance. The production value was that of a 1970s action movie. I have no idea how they got so many main stream actors in this garbage production. It is full of left wing tropes and without any comedy just offends half of the viewing audience. I'm a huge John Candy fan but I could barely get through to the end just to give it a review. This was an absolute waste of time.
5 people found this helpful
P~RayReviewed in the United States on March 11, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Pretty bad
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There were a few funny lines, then it just turned into one long commercial for Canada.
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