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Good-byes are always sad. It was sad when we first said good-bye to that likeable lug, John Candy. It’s sadder still to keep saying good-bye in such forced circumstances as this Michael Moore movie—a strained comedy that perfectly exemplifies the Peter Principle. Having made the entertaining personal documentary, Roger & Me, director Moore attempts fiction. The result resembles a drawn-out segment of his TV show, TV Nation. Like that program, Bacon offers a smidgen of a good idea crushed by the weight of Moore’s constant, smirking execution. Hewing close to his pet belief that wicked big business only dumps on the working man—an overused dramatic concept already—Moore wants to have it both ways: his “evil” characters constantly profess how stupid the American public is, yet Moore’s own script fails to gives them much credit. There is a slightly amusing half-hour short lurking in this story about a venal, waffling Bush/Clinton-type president (Alan Alda) who manufactures a war with Canada to gain popularity at home. While Moore’s script is so obvious and heavy- handed that even his use of the songs “Ballad of the Green Berets” and “Honey” lay flat, there are some laughs courtesy of Candy’s appealing turn as a laid-off factory worker turned sheriff and Steven Wright’s exceptionally thoughtful Mountie. See Showtimes for venues. (Dave Nuttycombe)