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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Al Franken: God Spoke

Posted on Thu, May 17, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Al Franken: God Spoke
Studio: Docurama
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Can I just drop all pretenses of being an objective critic and say that Al Franken's election to the United States Senate would be the greatest thing ever? If this documentary is any indication, C-SPAN would be Must-See TV. This testament to Franken's wit, insights and fearlessness, filmed in vérité style covering the timespan from his Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them book tour to his first hints of a senatorial run, comes pretty close to being a self-serving promotional film. It hardly has the raw tenacity of The War Room, the most successful collaboration from its co-directors Chris Hegedus and Nick Doob (Doob served as cinematographer on War Room), but it's hilarious, especially if you agree with his political views ' and even, I would surmise, if you don't. Franken's humor could sometimes be dry and hacky in his 15 hours a week on the radio, but this best-of compilation reveals a wise comic messiah out to change the world, one Buddy Hackett joke at a time. The 12 minutes of deleted scenes are just as funny as the material that made the final cut. In one, we learn that Ann Coulter is not only human, she even likes the Grateful Dead, finding some common ground with her titular nemesis.

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