OAKS - The reactions of moviegoers has been mixed following the viewing of the controversial documentary, "Fahrenheit 9/11," at Regal Cinemas Marketplace 24 during its opening weekend.
Michael Moore's anti-President Bush documentary received rousing applause following its 7:15 and 9:55 p.m. showings Sunday evening.
Leaving the 7:15 show was Stacy Kocher of Audubon, who said the film was very thought-provoking.
"This has definitely made me think quite a bit," said Kocher. "I never realized the outrage of people when President Bush first took office, and how they pelted his vehicle with eggs. He wasn't even allowed to walk into the White House that day.
"I think this film will change a lot of people's opinions on President Bush. Not like I'm a fan of his, but it made me see him in a new light."
Ned Simmons of Phoenixville commented that "Fahrenheit 9/11" is showing in time for the upcoming elections.
"There'll be a lot of political groups who don't want people to see this film," said Simmons. "It's important to watch this for yourself and come up with your own conclusions. No matter what you believe in politically, you'll come out of this film wanting to be more informed about what is going on in our country, and who make eventually be in charge."
Drawing away from the political aspect of the film, Katie Lundon of Wayne said some of the footage was quite emotional.
"From the aftermath of September 11 to the mother reading her son's last letter, it was quite compelling," said Lundon. "My heart really went out to her."
Calling it a "must see for both Democrats and Republicans," Ralph Slade of Oaks said the film is highlighted by Moore's biased views.
"This is an amazing documentary, and it forces you to investigate the allegations Moore presents," said Slade. "With all of the people watching this movie, it shows that it's reputable enough for consideration. It isn't just propaganda on the director's part. He's been known to blow some things out of proportion, but this doesn't appear to be one of them."
According to Karl Rahmer, promotions director, the film has been a sell-out the entire weekend.
"All five showings were sold out every day this weekend, along with Monday and Tuesday," said Rahmer. "The way ticket sales have been going, we stand the chance of continuous sell-outs throughout the week."
Showtimes for "Fahrenheit 9/11" are 11 a.m., 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, and 9:55 p.m.
"Fahrenheit 9/11" is rated R for some violent and disturbing images, and for language. Running time is 1 hour, 56 minutes.
For more information and show times, contact Regal Cinemas Marketplace 24, 180 Mill Road, Oaks, at (610) 666-6697.
Editor's Note: Dennis J. Wright's "Movie Minutes" review of the movie appears in Lifestyles.