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Friday, June 25, 2004  

“Fahrenheit 9/11” a Major Hit

I won’t be seeing “Fahrenheit 9/11” today after all.

We headed out to catch the 2:00 p.m. matinee at the Ritz East.

While we were waiting to buy tickets an employee of the theatre came outside to inform everyone that the 2:00 p.m. showing had sold out.

As had the 3:00 p.m. showing.

And the 4:45 p.m. showing.

And the 5:45 p.m. showing.

And the 7:30 p.m. showing.

And the 8:30 p.m. showing.

And the 10:15 p.m. showing.

And the 11:15 p.m. showing.

And the 8:30 p.m. showing tomorrow night.

[Post-publication addendum: Having been shut out of “Fahrenheit 9/11,” we ate lunch and then rented Michael Moore’s last documentary, “Bowling for Columbine,” which none of us had seen. If Moore was just warming up with that film, made in 2002, I can only imagine how good “Fahrenheit 9/11” must be. I’m thinking of catching “Fahrenheit 9/11” on Monday, most likely one of the earlier showings. Reader D.B., from Jenkintown, Pa., kindly suggested I see the film up there, though the invitation unfortunately did not include an offer of lunch or dinner. (Suburban Guerrilla’s Susie Madrak was luckier than I; she was able to see the film today, and observes: “The audience cheered and clapped at the end for at least five minutes; I'd never seen anything like it at a movie before.”)]

[Post-publication addendum: The otherwise excellent Philadelphia Daily News today offers readers exceptionally lame coverage of “Fahrenheit 9/11,” with Gary Thompson whining, “The movie is not a documentary.” In addition to that unoriginal, and poorly argued, “insight,” readers are treated to the gossip columnist everyone thought had retired, Stu Bykofsky, calling Moore fat not once, but twice. (Bykofsky’s snarking reminds me that the entertainment reporters at the Daily News long have had a problem with overweight people. [See final sentence.])]

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