Spurlock puts amateurish spin on `bin Laden'

Review C-

April 18, 2008|By Michael Sragow | Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic

You may be hoping that Morgan (Super Size Me) Spurlock's Where in the World is Osama bin Laden? slipped into theaters without fanfare because Spurlock did find bin Laden (or at least got close to him) and had to keep it all hush-hush. No such luck. This movie is a case of arthouse bait and switch. Its true subject is one decent Yank's desire to believe that Everyman and Everywoman - Everywhere! - are as warm and amiable as your average American Joe: him, Morgan Spurlock, the regular guy as fearless globetrotter.

Spurlock presents Spurlock in equal parts as an open-minded investigator and an unofficial ambassador of good will. It's too bad his distributors, the Weinsteins, weren't still associated with the Disney company, because this movie, in the tradition of Uncle Walt, tries to find the equivalent of Main Street all across the globe.

Where in the World is Osama bin Laden? (Weinstein Co.) A documentary by Morgan Spurlock. Rated PG-13 for strong language. Time 93 minutes.

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