Canadian Bacon was released in 1995, and was written and directed by Michael Moore. The late and great John Candy stars as Sheriff Bud Boomer, a clueless American who goes to Canada to “save” his dear Honey (played by Rhea Perlman).
The movie centers on Canadian and American satire, and Moore takes plenty of stabs at both sides. The movie tends to unravel pretty quickly towards the end, and the so-called humor (satire) feels dated and maybe a little too close to home (and maybe too obvious) much of the time. If it wasn’t for John Candy, it would have fell flat.
A brief plot summary: The President of the U.S. is waning in popularity, and his advisors counsel him to start a cold war against Canada to boost his approval rating. Boomer and his gang take matters into their own hands, and “invade” Canadian soil. What follows is pandemonium involving U.S. military, Boomer’s gang, and Canadian authorities.
It may have been relatively entertaining for its time, but suffice to say Canadian Bacon isn’t really that great of a film. It could be lumped in with movies like Strange Brew and Naked Gun, but not nearly as amusing.