Winnebago Man
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Jack Rebney is the most famous man you've never heard of - an RV salesman whose hilarious, foul-mouthed outbursts circulated underground on VHS tapes in the 90s before turning into a full-blown Internet phenomenon in 2005. Today, the "Winnebago Man" has been seen by more than 20 million people worldwide, and is regarded as one of the first and funniest viral videos. Filmmaker Ben Steinbauer goes in search of Rebney - and finds him living alone on a mountain top, unaware of his fame. Winnebago Man is a laugh-out-loud look at viral culture and an unexpectedly poignant tale of one… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

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"Perhaps the most disturbing issue raised in Ben Steinbauer's fascinating and often hilarious Winnebago Man has to do with the Internet's awesome ability to reduce complex and apparently dangerous behaviour to the level of banal spectacle."
‑ Greg Quill, Toronto Star
"The movie becomes oddly deep and even poignant."
‑ Rob Nelson, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Filmmaker Ben Steinbauer went searching for the man behind the rants. Against all odds, Rebney manages to emerge with his dignity intact."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"It isn't perfect, but hell, neither was the Winnebago."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Movie City News
"The film is less about Jack, his reputation and performance, than it is about itself. Real or not."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
"When the director laments, "I feel like I've stepped into the Winnebago Man outtakes," we can only concur."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Winnebago Man becomes a much more interesting and troubling film when Rebney, a former journalist, demands to reclaim control of his messaging."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Steinbauer doesn't shy away from the moral queasiness of that arrangement, and that's what gives Winnebago Man a lot of its appeal -- that tension between the considerable laughter it provokes and the questions raised about that laughter."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"A hilarious film."
‑ Beth Accomando,
"What makes the film so enjoyable is how it keeps defying expectations in its survey of the rough edges, sharp mind and iconoclastic personality..."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"Although we find out a lot about this virtual hermit and develop an admiration for his cantankerous principles, the movie leaves some questions unanswered."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"This strange, darkly funny documentary investigates the story of Jack Rebney, a Winnebago salesman who achieved notoriety based on outtakes of a corporate video he shot in the 1980s."
‑ Christopher Kelly, Dallas Morning News
"A shrewd, entertaining, fascinating and surprisingly touching documentary."
‑ Stephen Rebello, Playboy Online
"Absorbing and thought-provoking."
‑ Matt Singer,
"The film lacks a point of view, but it sure establishes the catharsis in watching a guy speak his mind with brutal, $#&* #&% honesty at all times."
‑ Matt Pais,
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