George W. Bushisms (2004)

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Genres: Bloopers & Candid Camera, Comedy, Culture & Society, Political Satire, Politics & Government
From the "George W. Bush Dictionary" entries to the Top Ten Bushisms roundup, this DVD covers some of the more memorable malaprops from George W. Bush. Includes the actual video clips, audio clips, musical interpretations by The George W. Bush Singers, and animated segments from Chris "Sketchboy" Routly. Host Brian Unger takes us on a guided tour through the forest of foibles with commentary from Jacob Weisberg and Al Franken. --TMDb
Elizabeth Reeder Elizabeth Reeder
Brian Unger Brian Unger
Mark Addison Mark Addison
Tony Alexander Tony Alexander
George W. Bush George W. Bush
Sarah Collins Sarah Collins

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Review by Chad
Added: January 13, 2005
This documentary, based on the series of Bushisms books, highlights some of the more entertaining lines and blunders that our current president has uttered during his time in office. We get a pretty sizable collection here, with all of the gems we've come to know and love... such as "I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully", "Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?", "You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test", and "One of the great things about books is sometimes there are some fantastic pictures." Hosting the collection is former Daily Show host Brian Unger, with commentaries sprinkled throughout by Al Franken and Bushisms author Jacob Weisberg. Also included are music videos from The George W. Bush Singers, as well as some comics from the popular political cartoon Doonesbury.

Really, how could one go wrong with this? You take a chunk of those Bushisms (of which there's more than enough to fill a DVD), throw in some commentary by a comedian, let it run for an hour, and we have entertainment. Unfortunately, director Elizabeth Reeder managed to screw the whole thing up by seemingly forgetting what the focus of the DVD was. Things start out great when you pop this movie in; a series of absolutely hilarious quotes are displayed, with Unger giving a short bit of commentary on each. Had the movie kept going at that rate, this would have been one of the better DVD's I've seen in recent time. Sadly enough, that's not the way the movie continues as time goes on. The first problem, and the biggest by far, is the inclusion of those music videos by The George W. Bush Singers. They're not funny, they're boring, they run for much too long, and there's too many of them. Basically, they got a group of people together, and they sung some of the previously-displayed quotes to the tune of whatever style of music happened to be chosen for that scene. If hearing a group of untalented singers singing quotes four times throughout the course of the movie at five minutes apiece (when the movie is only sixty minutes total) sounds like something that would entertain you, then you may enjoy these more than I did. Personally, I'd have cut them out and focused on more of the Bushisms. The second problem was the inclusion of the Doonesbury comics. I'm not a fan of them, but I can respect the fact that some people are. However, I feel that showing a bunch of comics on screen in their entirety, focusing on each panel of the comic for ten seconds, was completely out of place. Once again, that time would have been put to better use by concentrating on the main purpose of the movie... the Bushisms.

Overall, this would be a movie to skip. The premise is great, but the execution is horrid. The twenty minutes or so of quotes that they managed to slip in were entertaining, but the pointless skits, comics, and singing drug the movie down too far to rate this any higher than a 3/10.
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