Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Winnebago Man (2009) - Movie Marathon Drive-Thru Review: Film #2

On the Menu:

Ingredients: Jack Rebney, Ben Steinbauer and Keith Gordon. Directed by Ben Steinbauer. Run time: 85 mintues. Rated: Not rated.

At First Bite: I heard about this documentary on one of comedian Doug Benson's "Doug Loves Movies" podcasts on iTunes. I'm pretty sure Benson said it was one he wanted to see. If someone I follow/admire is interested in a movie or enjoys it, then my curiosity is also piqued, and, oftentimes, I also find the movie entertaining. However, Nick Swardson loved MACGRUBER, so...

Tough to Swallow: Rebney is solely famous for his tirade that became a YouTube sensation, but the full clip isn't even listed in the special features on the DVD.

Steinbauer repeatedly tells Rebney he has an audience, but he also repeatedly tells him no one wants to hear what he has to say (as far as politics goes). Personally, I found Rebney to be very intelligent and would have loved to hear his opinions on anything. As a matter of fact, I'd like to read the book he was writing.

Something to Chew On: Rebney's book "Jousting With the Myth!" was published and available on Amazon.com in November 2010.

The completed Winnebago promotional video is a special feature on the DVD.

Here's a look at the YouTube clip:

Aftertaste: Steinbauer admits to not really having a plan for this documentary. He just has the camera rolling wherever he goes. One can argue that the movie might look better with an experienced director at the helm, but I think WINNEBAGO MAN works, in large part, because of the interactions between Rebney and the newbie filmmaker.

Despite Rebney and his constant swearing, the documentary is touching at times.

I'm sure if my maternal grandfather were alive today, he would give "The Angriest Man in the World" a run for his money. Cantankerous geezers are great company when they're free to speak their mind.

After watching this film or the YouTube clip, you might even start quoting Rebney:

"Do me a kindness" and watch WINNEBAGO MAN.


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