“Follows events and characters surrounding the January 6th, 2021 insurrection of the U.S. Capital Building in the days preceding the attack.”

Director: Andrew Callaghan
Writer: Andrew Callaghan
Rated: NR
Release Date: December 30, 2022

Listen, politics suck. Yea, you heard it here first, politics are diabolical and nearly impossible to agree on. This Place Rules (2022) is not going to unify anyone on the topic of politics itself, but damn does it not shed a light on a how fucking up this country is.

Andrew Callaghan is a quirky, odd and relatively quiet YouTube personality (maybe not for much longer, IYKYK), and he set out on a quest to try and understand the country during the last presidential election. This is no easy task, because who the fuck wants to travel across the country in an RV with a pretty-much self sufficient process and create video content that half the people in the country will hate.

What This Place Rules uncovers more ruthlessly than most is how the misinformation and sheer over-the-top nature emitting from both the right and the left affects those who are gullible, or uneducated. Andrew, while exploring these families for his personal project and gain, does not hold them wholly responsible. He does the best he can to point out that those in charge and disseminating the message have no idea the impact they are having. Sure, these figures like Alex Jones see the dollars rolling in and the support he gets, but he doesn’t see the small communities that are having kids be permanently affected by the actions of their guardians.

Listen, when a young boy is believing that Hilary Clinton is a lizard person and that she belongs to a secret group of child molesters SO MUCH SO that he has isolated himself from friends, that is a sad and depressing scene. Adding on, the parents pull all the kids pulled them out of school and plan on keeping them out until the school’s adjust their curriculum. All of this amplified when the movie highlights that this white family lives blocks away from a black family where kids are coming to grips with family members being killed in the street.

This is going to be a strange comparison, but This Place Rules reminded me of Woodstock 99: Peace, Love And Rage (2021). Both documentaries are portraying real events that happen, and those true-to-life sequences play out like a horror movie. The actions of the humans at said events are deplorable and make you question if you are the same species.

How hard is it to just not be a dick?

In order to enjoy This Place Rules, you need to be able to see that every political fanatic deserves to be poked fun at a little. Much like how anyone who is obsessed with sports, movies, The Office, etc., needs to understand that they are fair game for parts of society, so do political pundits and zaniness.

You will know if you are going to enjoy The Place Rules right off the bat. There is not going to be convincing you the viewer or reader just from this one blog. All I can do is provide some context.

STANKO RATING: A- (4.0/5 Stars)

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