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Review: No Impact Man

Green documentary does make its point
By TOM MEEK  |  September 30, 2009
3.0 3.0 Stars

 

Interview: Colin Beavan. By Tom Meek.

As an eco-idealist living in New York City, Colin Beavan made a media splash when he declared that he and his family would live 100 percent green for a year. No car, no electricity, eat locally grown, no disposable waste, and sheep-wool diapers for his young daughter.

Documentarians Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein examine this novel experiment and find that Beavan does cheat a bit: he uses electricity (to publish his blog), he and his family rely on candlelight for just six months a year, and they borrow ice from neighbors. The real heat comes from Beavan's reluctant wife, Michelle Conlin, a self-proclaimed shopaholic and Starbucks poster girl. She wants a second child, a conversation Beavan avoids coolly.

Beavan, who's something of a passive-aggressive control freak, also has something more in mind (like a book) than just "going green." But that hardly matters when it comes to his point about everyone doing his or her small bit to help conserve the planet.

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  •   INTERVIEW: COLIN BEAVAN  |  October 02, 2009
    "In my twenties, I was really concerned with global warming. In my thirties, I was really focused on being a writer."
  •   REVIEW: NO IMPACT MAN  |  September 30, 2009
    As an eco-idealist living in New York City, Colin Beavan made a media splash when he declared that he and his family would live 100 percent green for a year.
  •   REVIEW: I HOPE THEY SERVE BEER IN HELL  |  September 23, 2009
    The mantra "What would Tucker do?" gets bandied about in this boys-gone-wild silliness from Bob Gosse.
  •   ASSHOLES RULE  |  September 16, 2009
    It seems that, these days, being a self-righteous boor is the new "in" thing.
  •   REVIEW: SORORITY ROW  |  September 16, 2009
    You can't fault young actresses (here including Rumer Willis, the daughter of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, and Briana Evigan, who's nearly Moore's double) for jumping into a mindless movie like this one from Stewart Hendler.

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