Margaret Cho: The Assassin Tour

  • 2005
  • 1 HR 25 MIN
  • NR
  • Comedy, Documentary

If comedian Margaret Cho seems a tad angrier than in such past concert films as THE NOTORIOUS C.H.O. (2002) and I'M THE ONE THAT I WANT (2000), she has a list of reasons, all of which can be summed up in a single phrase: the Bush Administration. From the proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and the president's opposition to the morning-after...read more

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If comedian Margaret Cho seems a tad angrier than in such past concert films as THE NOTORIOUS C.H.O. (2002) and I'M THE ONE THAT I WANT (2000), she has a list of reasons, all of which can be summed up in a single phrase: the Bush Administration. From the proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and the president's opposition to the morning-after pill to his pandering to fundamentalist family groups, Cho has all things Bush-related in her crosshairs, and she's taking no prisoners. Not for nothing did she called this 2005 attack on Washington the Assassin Tour. Shot on May 14, 2005, this 90-minute concert film opens with Cho's adoring audience eagerly pouring into D.C.'s Warner Theater, while Cho herself discusses the way her own culturally marginalized identity — Asian-American, female and gay-identified, if not exactly gay — gives her carte blanche to speak her mind. Cho takes the stage looking svelte and fabulous and immediately shifts into attack mode, lambasting right-to-lifers for opposing abortion but generally supporting the death penalty (all the proof Cho needs that conservatives are the worst procrastinators) and the Bush White House's lame response to the 2004 tsunami (she compares sending Jeb Bush to Indonesia to asking for Kylie but getting Dannii Minogue). Though Cho does compare John Kerry to the living trees from THE LORD OF THE RINGS, she isn't exactly a bipartisan offender, and her anger permits no middle ground. Cho herself has become the target of conservative groups who see her as nothing short of Satan's spawn, and she seems to mean it when she vows, "If you don't love me, I'm going to make you hate me." This is easily Cho's most political material, which may be one reason why it isn't nearly as cohesive — or as consistently funny — as her previous shows. Many of her observations sound more like familiar potshots than satire, even if one agrees with everything she says. But Cho's critique of American media is spot-on — especially her opening salvo about cable news networks and the hysteria they foment over nonstories like "The Runaway Bride" (an argument, she thinks, against heterosexual marriage if ever there were one) — and her savage but empowering take on gay life is sufficiently sidesplitting to smooth over the weaker spots.

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  • Released: 2005
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: If comedian Margaret Cho seems a tad angrier than in such past concert films as THE NOTORIOUS C.H.O. (2002) and I'M THE ONE THAT I WANT (2000), she has a list of reasons, all of which can be summed up in a single phrase: the Bush Administration. From the p… (more)

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