In 2006, the “Winnebago Man” became an internet sensation, with the video racking up over 800,000 views and inspiring a number of parodies and on-line tributes. Filmmaker Ben Steinbauer decided to locate Rebney and uncover the true story behind his moment of internet infamy.
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Mostly great overall. I wish a different director would have made this film, however. He came off as very whiney and would not just shut the fuck up and let Jack talk! There is no reason why he could not have simply let him talk about politics AND brought him to the film festival and meet the fans. It was like he was intentionally trying to piss him off.
Fascinating subject matter diluted by a boring director and his boring screen presence. Hey, buddy, we don't care about you. Let the fucking Winnebago Man talk about how Dick Cheney is fucked and the country is fucked! How this guy was ever offered a teaching position on film is beyond me.
Enjoyable character study documentary manages to walk the line of finding the humor in its subject without resorting to total condescension. Jack Rebney is a fascinating figure, but I would like to have seen more about the viral video phenomena itself, as it starts making some interesting points but never really follows through. But all in all, a very entertaining, surprisingly feel-good film.
I disagree with some of the wall posts below stating that the filmmaker "doesn't seem to know the right questions" or that it's a shame he "doesn't quite know what he's making a documentary of". He handles the journey deftly and takes what could be a geeky or exploitative story and finds the real universal and human appeal. I found him to be very much in control in good ways but letting the story go when necessary.
Only so-so as a documentary, but it definitely put a smile on my face. Steinbauer is in the film too much and doesn't seem to know the right questions to pursue. That said, the Winnebago Man himself is interesting and I think overall the film was entertaining.
Jack Rebney is kind of like Howard Beale from Network. If he's going to participate in this horse shit, he's gonna talk about what pisses him off. While the film dishes out a searing perspective on the destructive nature of 21st century media, Rebney's relectuant quest to confront his noteriety counters it by being surprisingly uplifting.
It's a shame we didn't learn more about Jack's life, but this film provided a nice portrait of a strange and remarkable old man. The main reason to watch this is to get a glimpse of his mind and story– the director fumbled a bit with setup and script, but luckily his protagonist was compelling enough to hold attention.