American Chaos (R)
First up on his listening tour: Republican operatives and an AM talk-radio host whose very livelihood depends on her daily praising of Trump over the airwaves. You might wonder what utility there is in passively listening to people who enjoy public platforms, positions of power and a vested interest in one party’s success. Stern wonders that, too. But he doesn’t much change his approach — he’s still traveling and listening. But, to offset his subjects’ arias of grievances and misinformation, he brings in some experts — academics, mostly — to answer the questions that come to him during the rants. “What do you say to people who don’t believe in climate change?” he asks University of Chicago professor David Archer.
The film, I suspect, will have some minor historical value, but I fear that watching Stern well up on Election Night won’t offer much insight to people alive now. I’ll give him this: His chats expose the pointlessness of many of the prank segments on Sacha Baron Cohen’s Who Is America?: It doesn’t take a costumed provocateur to inspire Americans to expose themselves on camera as asses.