Michael Moore's: Bowling for Columbine

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Michael Moore’s Bowling for Columbine is a deceiving, manipulative, over exaggerated film. Even though it fits the definition of a documentary by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, it doesn’t deserve an Oscar Award for stretching out the truth so far. Michael Moore shows his trustworthiness through his films with the way he dresses like the everyday American. His baseball cap, casual t-shirt and jeans make us believe he’s just like us. In his film, he does go out to Buell Elementary in Michigan to speak with the principal of the school where a 6 year old, Dedrick Owens, shot one of his classmates, Kayla Rolland. She gets a bit emotional and teary-eyed. We see that Moore’s first instinct is to tell her, “It’s okay... It’s okay... It’s okay.... I’m sorry” while he puts his arm around her shoulder to comfort her after they talked about the heartbreaking shooting that happened in 2000. Michael Moore mentions that the mother of the boy that shot the little girl worked 2 work-for-welfare jobs and was forced to “Ride a bus for an hour and a half each day to serve drinks and make fudge for rich people” (Reiland 1). He tries to make us have an emotional impact because of the place where Dedrick was raised. But he doesn’t mention how welfare reliance significantly went down and the poverty rate went down as well. In the movie, he gets together with 2 survivors from the Columbine shooting and goes to K-Mart to talk to the administration. He mentioned that the boys that shot up Columbine High School, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, bought their ammunition from a local K-Mart. After presenting the boys to them, K-Mart decides to ban all firearms and ammunition from their stores. He went in to make a point and ended up “taking the first step towards a better and safer nation.”

In Bowling for Columbine, Moore re-enacted many parts of his movie that did make the truth become fictional. Its information is not a reliable resource that people can show to inform...
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