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An American Carol (2008)

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An anti-American filmmaker who's out to abolish the July Fourth holiday is visited by three ghosts who try to change his perception of the country.

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At a July 4 barbecue, gramps tells the kids the story of Michael Malone, a documentary filmmaker and Michael Moore look-alike who hates America and wants to abolish July 4th. He refuses to celebrate with his nephew Josh, who's shipping out soon to the Middle East. That night, Michel has a vision of his hero, JFK, who predicts that three ghosts will visit Michael. Sure enough, General Patton, George Washington, and country music star Trace Adkins visit Michael show him the fruits of patriotism, just wars, and pacifism. Meanwhile, Arab terrorists want Malone to help them with a propaganda film. Is he the next Leni Riefenstahl or will he see the light? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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WARNING! This movie may be offensive to children, young people, old people, in-the-middle people, some people on the right, all people on the left, terrorists, pacifists, war-mongers, fish mongers, Christians, Jews, Muslims, atheists, agnostics (though you'd have to prove it to them), the ACLU, liberals, conservatives, neo-cons, ex-cons, future cons, Republicans, Democrats, Libertarian, people of color, people of no color, English speakers, English-as-a-second language speakers, non-speakers, men, women, more women, & Ivy League professors. Native Americans should be okay. See more »

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Comedy | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for rude and irreverent content, and for language and brief drug material | See all certifications »

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3 October 2008 (USA)  »

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An American Carol  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,656,000 (USA) (3 October 2008)

Gross:

$7,001,720 (USA) (31 October 2008)
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Trivia

In accordance with the film's strong political theme, the official Internet site used a grassroots pre-publicity marketing strategy. Users on the site, dubbed "American Carolers", could make use of online tools to email friends about the film, network with other fans, etc. Points were given based on participation, and prizes (tickets, posters, etc) were awarded to the highest scorers. The names of the top 16 "Carolers" are on the DVD, in the Bonus Features under "Special Thanks". See more »

Goofs

After Michael Malone is escorted into the concert at that end of the movie he sneaks away as the soldiers are distracted by the fireworks. On the floor you can see they are "trampling" an American flag. This is part of the extended scene which can be found in the DVD's bonus features. See more »

Quotes

Timm: [upon Michael Malone arriving] Oh, look, it's Uncle Asshole.
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Connections

Version of Scrooge (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

1968
Written and Produced by Allen Simpson
Additional Lyrics by Lewis Friedman
Performed by Bobbie Bates, Lisa Fredrickson, Marcy Goldman, Sandra Asbury-Johnson,
Brian Jones, Anthony Marciona, Stan Mazin and Allen Simpson
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A different kind of Hollywood movie
4 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

How unusual it is to see a movie wherein the best parts are not in the trailer. But that is not what makes this a non-traditional Hollywood movie. It is that the movie is unabashedly anti-liberal, anti-media-establishment, pro-military, and pro-American. This movie has more than its share of stupid, slapstick scenes. What else do you expect from a movie with Leslie Nielsen? All Three Stooges similarities aside, no minority group is safe from being a punchline here. The humor is bold and edgy at times. The point of the movie would seem to be that Michael Moore is a left-wing pinhead, a bloated, self-indulgent fool whose lies are shameful and hurtful to America. But there is a greater message here. Average Americans will bust a gut laughing at the silliness of the slapstick comedy. The more perceptive viewers will enjoy the unique experience of a mainstream movie that is firmly rooted in mainstream American principles that are lacking in most Hollywood movies and broadcast television networks.


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