The film covers a lot of ground in its modest runtime. It starts with the promotional run of Franken's best-seller Lies and The Lying Liars Who Tell Them and moves to the launch of Air America and its subsequent slide downward, ending a little after the 2004 elections. In addition to all this, you're spending most of the time with a somewhat bull-headed, no-less charming entertainer with a nasally voice that's a few pitches below Chief Wiggum.
Continue reading: Al Franken: God Spoke Review
The three stories start strong and quickly peter out. The first, and by far the most interesting, follows Al Franken's experience as the butt of a lawsuit from Fox News, after Franken put a photo of Fox star Bill O'Reilly on his book and used Fox catchphrase "fair and balanced" on the cover. O'Reilly and Franken got into a screaming match, and Fox went to court. Fox lost, dismally, and Franken earned national notoriety with a bestseller. The lessons -- about what is protected speech and what is not -- are interesting and important.
Continue reading: The First Amendment Project Review
'Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)' arrives in April.
The two awards have made for a great 72nd birthday present for the country music icon.