"Surrender pronto, or we'll level Toronto!" Writer/director Michael Moore (Roger and Me) serves up a "delightfully ludicrous" (Sight and Sound) political send-up brimming with madcap hilarity and side-splitting slapstick! ... more »Starring legendary funnyman John Candy, as well as Rhea Perlman, Alan Alda, Kevin Pollak, Rip Torn and Steven Wright, Canadian Bacon is one "funny, acidic satire" (Variety)! Faced with sagging approval ratings and disgruntled arms manufacturers, the U.S. President (Alda) decides to cook up a new Cold War with Canada! And after a flood ofmedia propaganda, Americans waste no time in "patriotically" burning their ice skates and swearing off maple syrup. But when bumbling U.S. sheriff Boomer (Candy) and his hair-trigger deputy Honey (Perlman) decide to take matters into their own hands and lead a preemptive strike, they soon find themselves embroiled in a hilarious international incident that's too close for comfort, eh!« less
"Canadian Bacon is Moore's only non-documentary. It is still a scathing attack on US presidential politics. It was made during the Clinton administration (and republican critisism of Moore was notably absent), but does well apply to the present situation. I just hope Moore's prophesies turn in! There are some absolutley hilarious moments like when the 'invaders' have to paint there anti-Canadian grafitti in both French and English, or (my favourite) when they only know the first line of 'Born in the USA.' This film deserves more attention."
anderix | Washington, DC | 04/02/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've read some bad reviews for this film. I think it's probably because some people just had different expectations from it. It is an excellent political satire, with a strong statement, which makes you laugh and think at the same time. If that's what you are looking for, if you like "Wag the Dog" and "Doctor Strangelove", then you'll probably like this one as well!"
Good comedy; satire on American "hatred" for Canada
Carl Johnson | 11/13/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"'Canadian Bacon' is a pretty funny movie with quite a few funny lines and some great casting and acting. The best part of the movie is what some people just don't understand and hate it for -- this isn't an anti-Canadian movie; it's a movie that pokes fun at the almost "playful" hatred Americans have for Canada, making America look like the idiots. At that, it does a good job. It also has one of my favorite lines ever-- "There's a time for thinking, and a time for action. And this, gentlemen, is no time for thinking!"Overall, it's a fun movie that won't disappoint if you like John Candy and think the hatred Americans pretend to have for Canadians is just silly."
An underappreciated gem
E. PEPKE | Tallahassee, Florida United States | 08/15/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Moore may have been trying to produce liberal commentary, but as Spike Lee with Bamboozled, he got caught up in the form and managed to produce an excellent satire that skewers everybody. From the machinations of Alan Alda as the President of the U.S. to the homage to Life of Brian where a Canadian policeman makes the American invaders translate the insults painted on their truck into French to please the Quebecois, to the invaders pushing through a crowd of Canadians who apologize to being in the way to Rhea Perlman delivering the line "Canuck Central," this is the ultimate send-up of all Canadian stereotypes of America and American stereotypes of Canada.It doesn't hurt that Candy is from the Toronto Second City troupe, and even Rhea Perlman out-Andrea-Martins the original. Kevin Pollak, in his own cubicle-farm way, works as well as George C. Scott in Dr. Strangelove."
The critics are wrong
Carl Johnson | Rensselaer, NY USA | 08/20/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Maybe I live too close to the Canadian border, but I thought this was an incisive and hilarious look at the end of the cold war and our relations with our forgotten neighbor to the north. John Candy is perfect in his role as a jingoistic sheriff determined to save us from the Canadian menace. Kevin Pollak is Kevin Pollak, but he does it well. This was the first film in which Alan Alda redeemed himself to me ("Flirting with Disaster" was the second). I find most of Michael Moore's stuff too precious and uncomplicated, but in going to fiction, he's able to show that there are multiple sides to a complicated story like the end of the arms race, and he pokes tremendous fun at our complete unfamiliarity with Canada."