Canadian Bacon

An all around entertaining film, but the plot is unforgivably hopeless. American president, Alan Alda, is suffering in the polls and everyday, more Americans are losing their jobs. His chief cabinet member thinks the reason for these declines is because there is no longer a cold war between America and the USSR, so they decide to start that up again. They call upon Russia to ask, but politely decline by saying that they're sick it and Russia's ready to move on. So they decide to start their new cold war with Canada. Little does the president know, John Candy and several other desperadoes who live in Niagara Falls, NY take this seriously, jump the border and trash a perfectly nice and clean Canadian park. Running away from the Royal Mounted Canadian Police, only one person is caught. After being caught, the Canadians consider her to be insane and sends her to the Canadian capital for treatment. That won't stop Candy and the gang from going to Toronto (they don't believe that Ottawa is its capital) to rescue her by using whatever force is necessary. Uh-oh, the president is in a jam now, this isn't what he wanted. Now this all may turn into a full-fledged war! It's a rather lame attempt at political satire and the jokes are uselessly weak, however the highly talented cast keep this film flowing and they most certainly make best with what little material they have to work with.

Movie reviewed by Michael Lawrence



John Candy, Alan Alda, Rhea Perlman, Kevin Pollack, Rip Torn, Bill Nunn, Kevin J. O’Connor, Steven Wright, G.D. Spradlin, Dan Aykroyd, Michael Moore

Directed by:

Michael Moore


1995 comedy/war

Rated PG.


Don Ignacio's score: C+

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