The question addressed by An Unreasonable Man, Henriette Mantel and Steve Skrovan's sprawling documentary, is why -- as in, why didn't Nader just hand over his votes to Al Gore or John Kerry, and concede that a lesser evil is still better than a greater one?
The answer comes in an overview of Nader's staggering record of public service, mixing testimonials (from investigative reporter James Ridgeway, former staffers, and others) with denunciations (from Todd Gitlin and The Nation's Eric Alterman). An engaging cornucopia of talking-head rancor, indefatigable idealism, and livid history, the film argues that the crusading activist, organizer, and workingman's champion deserves a bigger place in history than as just The Grinch Who Spoiled The Election. But as even Nader's friend Phil Donahue concludes, "It's going to be the first line of his obit."
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