Movie List
Loading ...
Find Theaters and Movie Times
Search Movies

Review: The Yes Men Fix The World

Anti-capitalism hoaxes occasionally misfire
By LANCE GOULD  |  October 21, 2009
2.5 2.5 Stars


Is capitalism on the ropes, or what? First came that embarrassing global financial crisis. Then, though the charge is dubious, the teabaggers bruised capitalism’s image by claiming that our president has abandoned it for socialism.

Now it’s taking its lumps from filmmakers: earlier this month from Michael Moore, and this week from culture-jamming performance artists the Yes Men. Writers Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno (who direct, with Kurt Engfehr) stage Yippie-influenced hoaxes to point out the rapaciousness of corporations — and to offer their own, often amusing market corrections.

The most successful — like the time Bichlbaum poses as a rep from Dow Chemical and announces on the BBC that the company will pay out $12 billion to the victims of the Bhopal gas leak — put multi-nationals (or even the US government) in the crosshairs. But when the butts of the jokes are mid-level losers at meaningless conferences, the guerrilla theater seems misdirected, even cruel.

Related: Prodding the free market, Yes Men take aim at Coca-Cola, Jade Garden Seafood Restaurant, More more >
  Topics: Reviews , Michael Moore, The Yes Men Fix the World, The Yes Men Fix the World,  More more >
| More

Most Popular
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   HIGH AND LOW CULTURE FROM JAPAN  |  June 02, 2010
    Attention, admirers of quirky kitsch and over-the-top aesthetics: hit PAUSE on that Belle and Sebastian record for a second.
  •   GOING FOR GOLD GLOSSARY  |  February 17, 2010
    The Summer Olympics are fairly easy to comprehend for the average couch tuber: people running, hoisting, swimming in synch — all fairly quotidian activities.
  •   THE PHOENIX CLEANS UP AT NENPA  |  February 10, 2010
    Was 2009 a good year for newspapers?
  •   RAINBOW NATION  |  January 28, 2010
    After a torturous history of being treated like second-class citizens, the black population in this country stunned the world by pulling off the unimaginable: voting a black man in as president.
  •   INTERVIEW: OZZY OSBOURNE  |  January 29, 2010
    Long before he bit the heads off bats and doves, Ozzy Osbourne worked in a cheerless abattoir in the hardscrabble Aston section of Birmingham, England, where for 18 months he held such titles as "cow killer," "tripe hanger," "hoof puller," and "pig stunner."

 See all articles by: LANCE GOULD