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American Movie Chris Smith's uneasily amusing documentary about Mark Borchardt, a skinny, unworldly 32-year-old Wisconsinite on his roundabout quest to make an indie...American MovieDocumentary, Drama, ComedyPT107MR Chris Smith's uneasily amusing documentary about Mark Borchardt, a skinny, unworldly 32-year-old Wisconsinite on his roundabout quest to make an indie...1999-11-19Fox Lorber
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American Movie

Genre: Documentary, Drama, Comedy; Director: Chris Smith; Runtime (in minutes): 107; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Fox Lorber

Chris Smith’s uneasily amusing documentary about Mark Borchardt, a skinny, unworldly 32-year-old Wisconsinite on his roundabout quest to make an indie horror movie. Borchardt’s unironic intensity in the face of money problems, family problems, and across-the-board screwups is touching, but Smith’s poker-faced dispassion about his subject’s vulnerably antic lifestyle turns a real, unpolished person, along with his family and friends, into colorful movie characters. B

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