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Ultimately, American Chaos isn’t bad, it’s just kind of too late to do any real good.
[Stern] comes across as a sincere presence who is almost too polite and doesn’t challenge some interviewees who make wildly inaccurate and sometimes racist assertions based on ignorant viewpoints. But it could be argued his gentle, respectful style of an effective tool to get his subjects to reveal their true selves.
Stern's melancholy on election night in 2016 is genuinely affecting, but despite some incisive footage en route to the depressing conclusion, the film ultimately leaves us feeling that the director has become a little too close to his subjects to probe as deeply as our national chaos requires
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In the months leading up to the 2016 presidential election, America seemed more divided than ever – along party lines, between candidates, and about issues from immigration to gun control. It was an ideological and cultural divide that director Jim Stern, a self-proclaimed political junkie, decided to investigate. And so he set out to the red states to spend time with Donald Trump supporters, to try and understand what they saw in their candidate. What did the man represent that appealed to them so strongly that it could outweigh all the troubling things Trump had said and done? And how did this once impossible candidate become so inevitable?