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An American Carol

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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.

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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, MoveOn.org, 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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  • 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
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Vivendi Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 30, 2008
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001FACHBE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,152 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "An American Carol" on IMDb

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By D. Caillouet on December 26, 2008
Format: DVD
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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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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Okay, so this is not the greatest movie ever made. It did not win an Academy Award. It is not in the IMDB Top 250 (receiving a mere 4.3 rating out of 10). Rotten Tomatoes gives it an abysmal 11%. Most critics did not think it funny. Maybe I'm the only guy on the planet, but I found American Carol to be hilarious.

Part of my willingness to forgive the lower-than-par production value was my sense of delight at finding someone who understands how we feel--those of us who are part of the Judeo-Christian heritage of this country. We are increasingly marginalized by the liberal media, treated as stereotypical hypocrites by Hollywood, and snubbed in the halls of higher learning. The fact that it came from David Zucker of Airplane fame rather than a fellow Christian makes it all the more gratifying.

The basic premise of the film is that a documentary filmmaker named Michael Malone (an obvious parody of Michael Moore) is seeking to ban the Fourth of July, while Islamic terrorists are trying to blow up Madison Square Garden. Malone has a Dickensesque experience and is visited by three ghosts of America past--Patton, Washington and the Angel of Death. Along the way, Zucker irrevererntly pokes fun at Islamofascism, the liberal media, liberal higher education, the ACLU and, most of all, Michael Moore (played by Kevin Farley). Cameos by Leslie Nielsen, Kelsey Grammer, Jon Voight, James Woods, Dennis Hopper, Bill O'Reilly, and country singer Trace Adkins as the Angel of Death add to the fun.

Video and audio quality: the blu-ray transfer is fine, although this is not the kind of movie where it matters much. If you already have the DVD, it is probably not worth upgrading.
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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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Michael Malone (a thinly veiled parody of Michael Moore!) is anti-war and anti-US, and he has set his sites on ending the celebration of the Fourth of July! But, some friendly spirits are out to teach him a thing or two about what it truly means to be anti-war. Led by the spirit of General George S. Patton (played by Kelsey Grammer), the spirits are going to take Malone on a rollercoaster of a ride through the past and the present. But, in the real world, Malone is being used as a dupe by terrorists who want to strike a devastating blow at the US. Will Malone wake up and smell the coffee before it is too late?

This 2008 film has all of the normal ingredients of a David Zucker film - slapstick, swearing, goofy humor, pratfalls, silly characters, and (of course) Leslie Nielson. But, to spice up the movie, it's full of excellent actors, including Kelsey Grammer, Dennis Hopper (in one of his last movie appearances), Trace Adkins, Gary Coleman and Jillian Murray, with Jon Voight bringing in a scene-stealing appearance as George Washington.

Yeah, this is a movie shot with a definite Conservative slant to it. If you are a Liberal, you will no doubt find the movie to be nothing short of infuriating. But, if you are a Conservative, you will enjoy seeing the Liberal sacred cows being gored left and right (OK, right anyway), and Liberal shibboleths being held up to piercing ridicule.

Yep, I'll admit it, I am a Conservative, and I found this movie to be hilariously funny. My son and I watched it through yet again, laughing out loud over and over again. We both enjoyed this movie and both give it a big thumbs up!
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