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Courting Condi

More backwash from the Michael Moore school of documentary (2008). Devin Ratray—best known as Macaulay Culkin's brother in Home Alone—decides to act on his six-year infatuation with Condoleezza Rice and, trailed by writer-director Sebastian Doggart, travels to Birmingham, Denver, and Stanford, California, to uncover her life story. The movie is punctuated by hilarious music videos in which the blubbery hero proclaims his love for the famously prim secretary of state, but there's nothing funny about his trivializing interviews of people from Rice's past (including the father of a girl killed in the 1963 Birmingham church bombing). For the climax, the filmmakers head to Washington, at which point Doggart delivers a simpleminded survey of Rice's role in the Bush administration and Ratray shows up at the State Department with a bouquet of flowers to be, quite predictably, turned away. A complex and compromised woman, Rice merits a better exposé than these clowns can hope to deliver. 107 min.

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