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Will Ferrell: You're Welcome, America. A Final

Satirical play starring Will Ferrell as President George W Bush in his last day in office

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At times funny, at times awkward

  • Nov 5, 2009
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I had mixed feelings about this movie.

First of all, this isn't really a movie. It's a standup comedy routine. It's Will Ferrell's monologue about the Bush administration.

The routine itself has some funny parts, and has some awkward moments. The first half was somewhat odd and juvenile, more like Old School than political satire. At one point he even shows a picture of a penis for no apparent reason.

However, when the show reaches Bush's first term, it gets pretty funny and turns into true political satire. I thought it was hilarious when Ferrell praised the valiant effort of speargun wielding monkeys from Morocco in the Iraq War. He constantly calls Obama the "Tiger Woods guy." The best part of the show was when Ferrell makes up random nicknames for people in the audience.

Overall, I can't really recommend this strongly. It's not great political satire. If you do decide to watch it, the best parts are after the halfway mark, so don't waste too much time with the first 40 minutes.

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review by . November 13, 2009
About as much effort as punching a 4 year old was needed here.
A bottom line is that politicians are open for just about any kind of ridicule.      Put under a microscope, who are the three most unpopular American politicians ever?  Richard Nixon, George W Bush and Warren Harding come to mind.  Take one of them and make a movie about them where you point out their flaws.  Harding is about 90 years behind everyone but Nixon and Bush are still fashionable to bash.  Michael Moore got the Palme d'Or for his …
Quick Tip by . November 13, 2009
Will Ferrell's play about George W Bushes last night in office is as predictable as a Harlem Globetrotters game with it's jokes.
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When Will Ferrell was struggling to break out onSaturday Night Live, the election of George W. Bush came as a gift from God. The new President gave him a character with a greater reach than one of those head-bobbing Roxbury guys--so it's only just that Ferrell, now a marquee-topping movie star, should cap off the Bush years with this final homage.You're Welcome America. A Final Night with George W. Bushis not so much a political satire as a fever dream, a hallucinatory exorcism. Ferrell paints Bush as an arrested adolescent, simultaneously self-absorbed yet without a hint of self-reflection, but beyond that there's not much commentary on the actions or collective psyche of the Bush administration (though some of the most startling gags turn out to be true). Instead, Ferrell spins out 90 minutes of faux-personal anecdotes that blur into crass surrealism: Dreaming of a cabin getaway with another man that includes a description of a "Western-grip" version of a certain sexual act; gaping at a muscular Barbara Bush rescuing all the Bush men from a collapsed mine shaft; performing robotic dance moves with Condoleeza Rice; demanding a squadron of wild monkeys be trained for combat; and imitating, obsessively, a Castillian lisp. It is a very strange performance, captured live at Broadway theater and later broadcast on HBO. Ten years from now, audiences may stare, perplexed and hypnotized, at this show, unable to comprehend what it's about--which may be ...
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Cast: Will Ferrell
Genre: Comedy
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: November 3, 2009
Runtime: 115 minutes
Studio: HBO
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