Given the horrifying madness of the sniper shootings in Washington, D.C., and nearby areas (see page 64), director-writer Michael Moore's bracing documentary questioning America's love for—and easy access to—guns couldn't be more timely.
The title, meant to be ironic, derives from the fact that the high school duo who shot fellow classmates in Columbine, Colo., in 1999 went bowling before heading for school that fateful morning. What could be more American, Moore (Roger & Me) asks? Using humor, grandstanding ambush interviews (including one with a frail-looking Charlton Heston before his Alzheimer's announcement) and plain, old-fashioned journalistic digging, Moore has made a provocative, entertaining and maddening film that demands attention. (R)
Bottom Line: A must-see documentary