Abel Raises Cain
Abel Raises Cain (2005)

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,… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 2005
DVD Release Date: October 28, 2008
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Highly entertaining, in a casual, home-movie way.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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.

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Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly

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.

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Robert Koehler

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.

Kam Williams
Sly Fox

A host of hoaxes far funnier than the best of Candid Camera!

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a fun, easy-going documentary...

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

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.

Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

There's no denying that Alan Abel is a character, and any glimpse behind the schemes is better than none.

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