"It’s Not Worth It"
What You Need To Know:
Obviously, Spurlock does not find Bin Laden. Neither does he find a solution to the world’s problems. He does manage to bash America in the process. He concludes by stopping at a border crossing sign and ending his quest with the line, “It’s not worth it.” MOVIEGUIDE® suggests that as you approach the theater box office you stop at the poster for this movie and say, “It’s not worth it.”
(HH, APAP, PCPC, FRFR, LL, V, N, M) Strong humanist look at the Middle East that strongly bashes the U.S. government with interviews and clips spouting false religious beliefs such as several of those interviewed are Muslims expressing their worldview regarding the United States and the Middle East; 12 obscenities and no profanities; no violence, but much discussion of violence and scene of woman having a baby; no sex; one scene showing husband (the filmmaker), wife and baby in large tub; no alcohol or smoking; and, considerable discussion about hatred, kidnapping, bombing and terrorism.
WHERE IN THE WORLD IS OSAMA BIN LADEN? begins with a cute, but poor quality, cartoon about the filmmaker, Morgan Spurlock, worrying about the culture and the world he’s about to bring a child into. Strangely, it concludes with Spurlock deciding he has to make the world better for the child in his wife’s womb by hunting down Osama Bin Laden.
As with his earlier movie, SUPERSIZE ME, he heads to his doctor for a checkup before embarking on his quest. This time he gets plugged with all sorts of vaccines. He then takes a class on survival techniques for travel in countries where terrorism is common. Finally, he leaves his pregnant wife to journey all around the Middle East interviewing people about their view of Americans, of Al Qaeda and of Osama Bin Laden. There is some humor as he bluntly asks all sorts of people. “Where is Osama Bin Laden?” However, he loves to dwell on himself and the potential danger he is facing, whether he’s facing any or not.
His choice of interview subjects ranges from ordinary people on the street to crazy professors in Middle Eastern colleges. He shows sections from Muslim sermons that vary from peaceful to extremely hateful. He shows both the horror of being a Palestinian and of being an Israeli. He sits in a rubble-strewn Israeli elementary school classroom bombed eight hours earlier. Obviously, he does not find Bin Laden. Neither does he find a solution to the world’s problems, but the gist of the selected interviews gives the following impressions of America, most of them negative:
• Americans aren’t so bad. Their government is.
• America is too busy dominating others.
• America helps keep corrupt thugs in power.
• America does not help ordinary people get water, jobs and education.
The irony is that people hate American dominance but look to America to rebuild bombed houses, provide clean water and build schools.
This documentary points out one fact and that is that around the world people live in horrible poverty because their culture lacks the Christian foundation of America’s Founding Fathers. Frankly, America [like Great Britain and Europe before it] is itself moving away from its Christian cultural heritage. It’s not enough to provide water, jobs and schools if children grow up to be thugs and terrorists (including in America). Children need to learn right from wrong and the ultimate judge of right and wrong is God Himself. The culture that respects the will of God will prosper. The culture that rejects God will pay a heavy price. In poor countries, people with even modest belongings live with bars on their windows. Is that where America is headed?
WHERE IN THE WORLD IS OSAMA BIN LADEN? is an inconclusive, rather narcissistic, look at the tension in the Middle East presented by a rather flaky documentary maker. He concludes by stopping at a border crossing sign and ending his quest with the line, “It’s not worth it.” MOVIEGUIDE® suggests that as you approach the theater box office you stop at the poster for this movie and say, “It’s not worth it.”