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An American Carol (2008)

Kevin P. Farley , Kelsey Grammer , David Zucker  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kevin P. Farley, Kelsey Grammer, Serdar Kalsin, Geoffrey Arend, Jon Voight
  • Directors: David Zucker
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Vivendi Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 30, 2008
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,777 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "An American Carol" on IMDb

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From David Zucker, the director of The Naked Gun and Airplane! comes a bare-knuckle comedy where no one is safe from the onslaught of lunacy. When obnoxious Hollywood director Michael Malone organizes a Ban the 4th of July campaign, his efforts are upended by a gang of spirits from America s past. Zucker roasts a herd of sacred cows in this latest parody featuring an all-star cast.

It’s been suggested that An American Carol wasn’t screened for reviewers prior to its theatrical release because the predominantly left-leaning critics would pan the film merely because of its conservative subject matter, thus torpedoing its box office potential. There’s some justification for that belief, but there’s another reason that certain films aren’t pre-screened: because they’re not good, and the studios and/or distributors know it. Director/co-writer David Zucker’s film takes a scattershot approach to various liberals and their causes (Hollywood,, college professors, the ACLU). It mocks Arab terrorists with facile stereotypes, and it reminds us yet again that British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement of Adolf Hitler led to World War II. Most of all, Zucker delights in skewering filmmaker Michael Moore, here called Michael Malone and amusingly portrayed by Kevin Farley, brother of the late comedian Chris. Not only does "Malone" merely make documentaries, which don’t count as real movies; he’s also a "blame America first" traitor who’s pro-Jihad, hates Christians and country music, owned slaves in a former life, and, worst of all, wants to abolish the Fourth of July holiday. Zucker invokes Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in service of this plotline; he gives Malone/Scrooge a loving nephew and a long-suffering Bob Cratchit (combined into one character, a Navy officer heading off to Iraq), a Jacob Marley (Chris Anglinn as J.F.K.), and three spirits (Kelsey Grammer as Gen. George Patton, Jon Voight as George Washington, and country singer Trace Adkins as the angel of death) who show him the error of his ways. All of this is offered as broad parody, with plenty of physical slapstick (no surprise coming from one of the guys responsible for Airplane and the Naked Gun series) and cameos by the likes of James Woods, Leslie Nielsen, Paris Hilton, Bill O’Reilly, and Dennis Hopper. They aren’t enough to salvage a movie that, whatever its political POV, just isn’t very funny. --Sam Graham

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110 of 134 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Way to spend my night duty December 26, 2008
Bought this dvd in our base PX on Xmas. I had watched this while doing night shift in the commo cell, and I couldn't stop cracking up. The homage to George Romero with Dennis Hopper (who played in Romero's "Land of the Dead") and General Patton fighting ACLU zombies was priceless. The performances of Robert Davi, Serdar Kalsin, and Geoffrey Arend as the terrorists, Aziz, Ahmed, and Mohammed were wonderfully rememnisant of the old World War II-era Three Stooges classics like "They Stooge To Conga" where the Stooges lampooned the Nazis just as Davi, Kalsin, and Arend lampoons the IslamoNazis. The University scene was all too true, especially with my experience in college dealing with faculty who were still stuck in the '60's. And finally, Trace Atkins' "Angel of Death" and the scene of Hollywood after the IslamoNazis take over was great. Aside from the comedy value, the scenes of alternate history that would have resulted if the advice of Micheal Moore and the liberals was followed, such as in the Civil war or World War II, can make one think.

Notable mentions is Kevin Farley's protrayal as Micheal Moore (Malone) as buffonish, arrogant, hardheaded, selfish, and inconsiderate were right on the mark given reports of Moore's arrogance in real life. Kelsey Grammer was great as General Patton and Jon Voight's protrayal of George Washington was really touching. Dennis Hopper was one good choice that made the George Romero homage scene work (Ken Forre would have been good too and Duane Jones would have been perfect but he's sadly deceased) and it was a good surprise to see regular tough-guy actor Robert Davi can do comedy as a modern day Moe. I don't expect liberals to like it as my dealings with them have shown me that they have no sense of humor whatsoever, but I highly recommend it. I think it would be best enjoyed with a showing of "Team America."
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93 of 116 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is going to be a conservative classic November 30, 2008
I saw the premire of this movie while attending the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis. If you are a right leaning person, you will love this movie. While it didn't do very well at the box office, I believe that the DVD sales for it will be very good. Every conservative should own a copy for two reasons: 1)We need to support movies like this so Hollywood wont be scared to make conservative movies, and 2)The movie slays so many liberal sacred cows. This is a very politically incorrect movie. I had a great time watching it and I look forward to the DVD release.

UPDATE: I purchased the DVD from a Best Buy on the release date and it was almost sold out by 2 P.M. Great!
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60 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wishful and Funny Carol November 13, 2008
The Amazon review above is an excellent example of why this movie wasn't reviewed by the critics who all tend to be very left leaning. Simply, it would have been grossly panned by them. I liked the movie very much. As a matter of fact, the audience in the theatre was laughing hysterically throughout most of the movie. I had tears in my eyes from laughing too hard! Yes, it had a couple of slow moments, as every movie does. It is both entertaining and refreshing compared to the liberal mantra thats usually presented. Seeing a movie that leans to the right, and sends a few zings to the left was a real pleasure. And, a funny movie too!
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you have a sense of humor, you'll love this movie! November 15, 2008
And if you don't have a sense of humor, you're probably a fanatical leftist, and this movie isn't for you, anyway.

I was absolutely dying to see "An American Carol," and for the politically incorrect conservative that I am, this movie was hysterical! But then, I loved Airplane and the Naked Gun movies, so this kind of ribald, broad satire (with corny jokes that can't help but make you laugh out loud) is right up my alley.

I wasn't the only one. The theatre I saw "Carol" in was about three-quarters full, and for most of the movie, the roar of laughter was constant from the first frame. Clearly there were no leftwing movie reviewers in that particular "Carol" showing!

Contrary to what the "official" Amazon reviewer, Sam Graham (who the hell is Sam Graham??) intoned, "Carol" is indeed a total hoot! It soothed every frayed nerve I had since 9/11, at least insofar as the loony left and their crazy, incessant tirades were concerned. Finally, some expert moviemakers were willing to take on the left's sacred cows, and mock on them in a savagely witty way with no holds barred.

Does "Carol" hit every mark? Oh, of course not, but then with any of Zucker's movies, the gags come so fast and furious that if one misses the mark, the next 10 more than make up for it. You can't sit in a movie this funny and not laugh your butt off!

My only fear with "Carol" is that Zucker won't delight us with any more movies in a similar leftie ox-goring vein. God knows there's a huge audience out there for funny movies, and skewering the left while you're at it just makes it all the more delicious.

I normally don't buy dvds unless I love the movie enough to see it again and again (and that includes the few serious notes in "Carol".
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's too bad there'll never be another like it. January 3, 2009
Be warned there may be unintentional spoilers.

One thing I must mention before getting to the review is the amount of negative criticism aimed at this movie. It is probably the only movie supporting pro-American sentiments among the plethora of anti-American ones. And like pigs to the slaughter, liberals beat this thing down like like a whack-a-mole game. But when conservatives assert their views over liberally biased movies and news/television shows, we are considered ignorant, stupid, unintelligent, (apologies for redundancy). Thank you Zucker for this film, and it's too bad you decided against a sequel. It doesn't help that this movie was shown in an extremely small amount of theaters, thus assisting in its money shortage. Yet movies with liberal bias can't find enough theaters to infest. Now on with the review.

In short, I liked this movie. It was short, entertaining, and quick with the humor, both verbal and slapstick. Farley acts in comparison with his late brother, the only thing that may have made this better, would have been seeing David Spade by his side. I always hoped Kevin would gain a staring role. Maybe this will help him, maybe it will hurt him. This movie doesn't preach war mongering, but the idea of fighting is suggested as needed at the right times. This movie is a conservatively biased movie, yet they use John F. Kennedy, a Democratic President, as a Jacob Marleyesque character. Conservatives are not out to destroy the world, they simply accept that like a school yard bully, words are not always the answer, but they can be a good place to start.

Like "A Christmas Carol" Farly's character deals with three ghosts, Kelsey Grammers ghost being the one most seen.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't go far enough
Sorta funny but didn't live up to what I thought it would be.
Published 5 days ago by Judy Pruitt
Published 2 months ago by james
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
as advertised
Published 2 months ago by Weldon Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Laughter and lighthearted,and very politically incorrect, comedy!
We all laughed till our sides hurt. Politically incorrect comedy that leaves you a little more light hearted.
Published 2 months ago by K. thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
It is my fourth of July annual tradition. A funny way to point out most of what is going on with America. Read more
Published 3 months ago by jslapple
2.0 out of 5 stars A conservative's view:
I am---most definately---far right of center.
I W=A=N=T=E=D to like this movie. The stars are capable; the soundtrack; makeup and SFX were excellent. Read more
Published 4 months ago by THE 'Older Than Dirt' Time Traveller
3.0 out of 5 stars Least favorite ZUCKER film.
This one is only OK to me. Hate to say it but I felt it was a little boring. Michael "Monroe" seems a little overused! Read more
Published 5 months ago by ~*JONAS*~
4.0 out of 5 stars Silly, Funny, Happy
An American Carol is proof that hilarious, silly movies don't have to be about silly stupid subjects. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mary Louise Pivec
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining...
If you like slap-stick, this is it. It almost goes overboard for me but I did enjoy it. Try it.
Published 5 months ago by Terry L. Wheeler
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
if your a conservative, youll love this movie. very funny, it,s a satire but is all too true. youll laugh you butt off
Published 6 months ago by Lee Tittsworth
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