If you haven’t seen the ‘Winnebago Man’ viral video, watch it now. If you’ve seen it, you’re one of over two million people who have witnessed the vulgar RV salesman that has become as popular as Lil Wayne, mostly due to his humorously and excessively profane language. Now you can see your favorite 80-year-old man on the big screen this summer (in select theaters) in the critically acclaimed, award-winning documentary ‘The Winnebago Man.’
Viral videos have become one of the most popular forms of entertainment over the course of the past few years, as the “reality” craze sparked by television shows like “The Real World” and “Survivor,” and as Youtube and other video-streaming websites have grown in popularity, viral videos have become increasingly popular as well. Television shows have even appeared that focus mainly on exhibiting some of the most popular and new viral videos that show up online.
“The Winnebago Man” features Jack Rebney, an RV salesman that freaks out on camera numerous times. The video is put together as outtakes to an advertisement segment and obviously focuses on Rebney’s foul language, which many people find not only funny but also as a “relaxing after a bad day,” as a woman interviewed during the documentary admits.
While “Charlie Bit Me,” “Angry Grandpa,” and “I Want it That Way” have become equally as popular as Jack Rebney, ‘The Winnebago Man’ is the first of them all to get a documentary made about it. And it seems to be a smart idea, as Rebney has become one of the most favored real-life characters, and the film makes a point to exploit the angry man’s real life and show the effect of this new form of entertainment.
I caught a screening of the movie, and I’ll admit I was overly impressed. The movie never goes too far while investigating the man behind the viral video, showcasing more of his profanity while cleverly venturing into his interesting perspective on life. If you watched the viral video more than once, or you watch viral videos on a regular basis, or you’ve made others watch ‘The Winnebago Man,’ this documentary is definitely for you, as it’s just as, if not funnier and more entertaining than the viral video that has recieved more than 2 million views on Youtube.
Consider seeing this in theaters a big deal, like a concert. It’s not a wide release, so it’ll be playing for one night in various locations. You can see the documentary in select theaters this summer (July 16-August 20), beginning at AMC Empire 25 in New York and ending in Dallas, Austin, Minneapolis and Williamsburg, VA. And for you Carolina residents, you can catch it at Carousel Cinemas in Greensboro, NC on Friday, July 23 (the week after ‘Inception’). For complete showtimes listings, check out the ‘Winnebago Man’ website by clicking here.