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Roseanne for President!

This shoddily produced documentary about Roseanne Barr's 2012 presidential run is charming only for its subject, a blue-collar doyenne of prime-time TV. Her campaign barely made a dent in the election cycle, but her fiery populism and anti-Wall Street rhetoric predict the rise of Bernie Sanders. After losing the Green Party nomination to Dr. Jill Stein, Barr becomes the candidate of the Peace and Freedom Party, though her self-proclaimed aversion to "weirdos" precludes her from pounding the campaign trail. Director Eric Weinrib has an appealing dichotomy at his disposal—the comedian shouts "Power to the people!" at rallies but at home admits, "I hate to be around people and touch them or any of that." Yet the depths of Barr's character are left unplumbed, while other media personalities like Michael Moore and Rosie O'Donnell gush about her cultural impact.

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