Magazine article Variety

You've Been Trumped Too

Magazine article Variety

You've Been Trumped Too

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You've Been Trumped Too

Director, editor, and camera: Anthony Baxter

With: Donald Trump, Molly Forbes, Michael Forbes

If you're in the camp that staunchly opposes Donald Trump for president, it's easy to watch a minor documentary like "You've Been Trumped Too" and think of it in the "every little bit helps" category. That said, a nonfiction filmmaker who wants his piece of the Trump phenomenon now faces a major hurdle. The candidacy of Donald Trump - the belligerent bluster! the cracked policy statements! the sexual accusations! - has not exactly been an underexposed story over the last eight months. If you're going to ask an audience to sit through 80 more minutes of Trump, you have to offer something new. Anthony Baxter, the director of "You've Been Trumped Too," does (sort of): He serves up a situation, in Scotland, that would work just fine as a New York Times feature that took 3½ minutes to read. The movie makes a good point, then makes it over and over again.

"You've Been Trumped Too" is a sequel to "You've Been Trumped," a far superior 2011 movie in which Baxter chronicled the scandals - mostly environmental - surrounding the construction of Trump's luxury golf course near the community of Balmedie. Five years ago, that movie was bringing the news, which is why it caused a real stir in Europe; this new one is trailing the news. Yet there's a revealingly cruel anecdote at its center.

During the building of the golf course, Trump's workers broke a pump and severed a pipe that delivered water to the farmhouse of Molly Forbes. In the five years since, the Trump organization promised to make repairs but never did, leaving Molly, now 92, and her son, Michael, high and dry. "You've Been Trumped Too" treats the situation as a microcosm of the not-so-hidden Trump philosophy: Truth doesn't matter, greed rules, and if you aren't powerful enough to hit back at Trump, then the hell with you. There have been media stories relating to Trump's U.S. properties that cast him in a negative light, but in "You've Been Trumped Too," we get to see, up close, the casual haughtiness of Trump's son Donald Trump Jr., an amateur big-game hunter - he shoots elephant for sport - who's blasé in his dismissal of the Forbes' claims. The Donald himself calls the Forbes farm trashy and decrepit (because there's rusted machinery on the property), and his attitude is purged of compassion. …

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