Sporting the requisite baseball cap over unkempt hair, Philip Seymour Hoffman not only looks like Michael Moore's bro but he also gets to host his very own documentary. The acclaimed actor takes a break from playing tortured schlubs to schlep across the country and explore the state of democracy in America. Through interviews, voice-overs and footage of the 2000 Republican and Democratic Conventions, he examines how the political system, increasingly influenced and financed by corporate interests, fails to address the concerns of most citizens.
Hoffman polls activists, politicians and celebrities--Susan Sarandon, Rudy Giuliani, Michael Moore and more--as well as ordinary people. Unfortunately, the film lacks a strong structure and real focus, taking more of a shotgun approach to such broad topics as poverty, the death penalty, gun control, etc. So, while it's interesting enough, this social soiree could've used more planning.