Where to Invade Next

Directed by Michael Moore, 2015

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The question “Where to invade next?” could be just as easily applied to Michael Moore’s choices of documentary subjects as to US foreign policy.

The man who has marched with varying success into his country’s healthcare system (Sicko), its gun control laws (Bowling for Columbine) and 9/11 now wades waist-deep into geopolitics.

But what starts out as a critique of US military action is soon flipped on its head, with Moore staging an “invasion” of his own.

Visiting other, “better” societies, US flag in hand, he incredulously relays their superior qualities for the benefit of his homeland: free German universities; gourmet school dinners in France. It’s a funny argument, but not a new one.

A film about American exceptionalism, it is, ironically, guilty of exceptionalism itself.

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