American Movie ★★★½ 1999 (R)
Would-be filmmaker Mark Borchardt's American Dream is to make his own independent film in his home of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. He doesn't have the money (or a particularly workable idea) but he does have lots of self-confidence and enthusiasm, as well as his mom, his 82-year-old Uncle Bill, and a cast of eccentrics. Smith's unlimited access shows Borchardt's almost limitless failures and obstacles, making the whole affair seem like a “Spinal Tap”-esque spoof, even though the people are sometimes painfully, sometimes hilariously real. 104m/C VHS, DVD . Mike Schank, Mark Borchardt; D: Chris Smith; C: Chris Smith; M: Mike Schank.