Will Michael Moore’s “Slacker Uprising” inspire rising or slacking?

Love ’em or hate ’em, most people have some opinion of Michael Moore’s controversial documentary films. He has attacked (with highly debatable degrees of success) American companies outsourcing of labor, the ease with which guns can be purchased, our government’s response to the 9/11 tragedy and the state of healthcare in the United States. His latest documentary, Slacker Uprising, chronicles his attempt to encourage college students to vote in the 2004 U.S. Presidential elections via public appearances and demonstrations. Will we see Moore at his snarky, unquestionably biased best? By making himself the subject of his own film, has he taken the bite out of his message? Will he send us Ramen noodles and clean underwear? While you will have to watch for yourself to find out the answer, the good news is that you won’t have to pay for a ticket. Slacker Uprising in its entirety is available as a free download. The movie can be burned to a DVD as well, if you don’t happen to have your PC hooked up to your television. If you want a commercially-released DVD, the film is being made available through NetFlix and several other sources. Moore promises theatrical release in the near future, but I couldn’t find any official announcements.

Free may be the best price for this film, though. As the promotional materials (and history) show, Moore was not successful in his goal of ousting President George W. Bush from office. His efforts were not exactly a failure, though, as the youth voting block turned out in record numbers and was allegedly the only block Kerry was able to win. Will this movie continue to help turn the tide of voting patterns in America, especially with young voters? Possibly, but there’s no saying which way the youth will vote. After all, it seems that just as many people (if not more!) despise Michael Moore as idolize him. Still, free is a price that’s always hard to beat.

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