Arion Berger
January 19, 2001 AT 05:00 AM EST

Steal This Movie

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
108 minutes
performer
Vincent D'Onofrio, Janeane Garofalo, Jeanne Tripplehorn
director
Robert Greenwald
genre
Biography

We gave it a C-

It’s a measure of this biography’s misplaced decorousness that it tells the story of Abbie Hoffman — ’60s political provocateur and ringmaster of pointed, absurdist activism — using that hoariest of conventions: the journalist uncovering his subject’s past. Steal This Movie enters Hoffman’s life during his six years underground, and trots out every calcified cliché of the era through interviews and flashbacks. Even at half what it’ll cost to rent, this well-meaning mess is no bargain. C-

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