‘American Movie’

By Brayton Cameron

Perhaps the funniest documentary I have ever seen, which unfortunately leads to it being a poor documentary. Mark Borchardt is a film maker who, throughout this film, is trying to complete his masterpiece “Northwestern.” While it is an honest plight of this rural individual attempting to make it big in Hollywood the old-fashioned way, I didn’t care if his movie got made or not. His wacky drugged-out sidekick Mike Schank provides comic relief in the form of him simply being there. The film is funny only because the lives of the people in it are so sad. Such is the case with Uncle Bill, who had pretty much given up on living, but just hasn’t died yet. The only real growth in the film is Mark’s hair from a mullet to somewhat normal.