Abel Raises Cain
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Jenny Abel grew up with an eccentric father, to put it mildly. A film producer and occasional journalist for the likes of National Lampoon magazine, Alan Abel spent his life pulling off a seemingly endless series of elaborate media pranks, whereby he would repeatedly drum up insane causes -- from banning human breast-feeding to slapping diapers on animals -- and appear on news broadcasts under phony aliases plugging the oddball perspectives. At other times, Abel played practical jokes on the public by convincing them, en masse, of some fallacious truth. But the phenomenon was scarcely local in… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Highly entertaining, in a casual, home-movie way."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"An affectionate portrait of a gadfly dedicated to lampooning American society's foibles, the laziness of the media and the tendency in all of us to swallow what we really want to believe but shouldn't."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The movie could also do a better job of explaining the inner forces that drive Abel - and especially his wife, one of his regular co-conspirators. Such gaps, though, don't seriously detract from the movie's roguish pull."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
"More a love letter from daughter Jenny to her father than a worthy portrait of Abel's caustic, media-savvy and mind-bending social comedy."
‑ Robert Koehler, Variety
"A host of hoaxes far funnier than the best of Candid Camera!"
‑ Kam Williams, Sly Fox
"...a fun, easy-going documentary..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"If you don't giggle at some of Alan's gags and the reaction our increasingly polarized culture has to them, you're a prime candidate to fall for him next time."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"There's no denying that Alan Abel is a character, and any glimpse behind the schemes is better than none."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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