Synopsis: Jack Rebney is the most famous man you’ve never heard of – after cursing his way through a Winnebago sales video, Rebney’s outrageously funny outtakes became an underground sensation and made him an internet superstar. Filmmaker Ben Steinbauer journeys to the top of a mountain to find the recluse who unwittingly became the “Winnebago Man.”
Director: Ben Steinbauer
Stars: Jack Rebney, Ben Steinbauer and Keith Gordon
On a very hot, fly-infested summer day in Iowa in 1988, a middle-aged RV salesman named Jack Rebney filmed an infomercial for the Winnebago corporation and nearly had a meltdown.
Winnebago Man is an independent documentary from Ben Steinbauer which talks about the same Jack Rebney, an average man who got caught on film while having a very bad day on the job. Winnebago Man is little more than a brief history of Jack Rebney’s infamy, followed by Steinbauer’s attempts to locate, befriend, and help the man find out why millions of total strangers think he is so funny.
While many may not recognize the name Jack Rebney, most will recognize his as the Winnebago Man. At the very least, most have heard of the Winnebago Man and his outlandish tirades that were filmed while working for Winnebago. Jack Rebney is sometimes called the Angriest Man in the World. The documentary’s director, Ben Steinbauer, sought Jack Rebney out due to his curiousity.
Without laying out any spoilers for you, the film goes through a few acts and we watch Jack Rebney go through some of the weakest moments of his life physically while Ben Steinbauer tries to fulfill his fascination of the life of Jack Rebney. While some of the film is forced since Ben Steinbauer needed Jack Rebney in order to make the film, this documentary was a very good watch and I would feel comfortable recommending it to anyone.