Abel Raises Cain
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Filmmaker Jenny Abel explores the life and career of her father, prankster Alan Abel. For more than 40 years, Abel appeared on television under a variety of aliases, fooling news reporters and talk shows with seemingly absurd causes. The film echoes Abel's ultimate message -- that you can't believe everything you see, read or hear.
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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