I remember seeing this movie when I was a teenager, pre George W. Bush and September 11. Back when Micheal Moore was some guy who made a documentary about how pissed off he was with what was happening to his home town and his quest to speak to the president of the company that he felt abandoned them.
In that context, I remember thinking that Canadian Bacon was a decent comedy. Made me chuckle at least, and I enjoyed it's absurd humor at times.
Now however, post Sept 11, post shock and awe, in the midst of terrorist fever, I watched this movie in a different light. If you watch this movie, you can see indicators of all of Moore's current themes in his documentaries.
The idea of staging a war to boost opinion polls and get people to forget about the US's debt and sagging economy doesn't seem to that far fetched. Watching this movie now, it's a lot easier for me to see it as the satire it was meant to be, something I couldn't do when Clinton was in office.
As a bonus, John Candy is always hilarious.