If you asked me (and I know you didn't), the film I most want to see this summer does not involve superheroes, transforming robots, or Justin Timberlake screwing anyone. Nope, it's a tale of kidnapping, forced sex, mind control, a former beauty queen and Mormons. It's also a documentary. That film would be Errol Morris' Tabloid. If Morris is capable of making something that isn't interesting, well, I don't know about it. This looks to be no exception.
Here is a tale of a woman who falls in love and then her beau goes off with the Mormons. Was he brainwashed by them? Was she a stalker? Doesn't matter, does it? What happens is she kidnaps him, confines him in a cabin and has sex with him repeatedly over the course of three days. The press goes into orgasmic overdrive with this one.
As with any Morris film, nothing is all that cut and dry. Was it kidnapping? Was it brainwashing? Who is sane? Who is insane? This is the stuff good documentaries are made of, and I cannot wait to get my eyeballs on this one. I'll avoid green wisecrackers and anything with Tom Hanks in it. I won't even consider seeing Bad Teacher because ... shit, do I need a reason? No. Tabloid will get my time and money ASAP. Still not sold. Here's the trailer. If this doesn't at least make you a wee bit curious, enjoy Larry Crowne.
-Doug Brunell (America's Favorite Son)