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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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Laugh like your country depends on it. See more »

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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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$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$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 »

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Some viewers claimed that Hitler appears to be wearing a "wedding" ring on his left hand during his 1938 meeting with Neville Chamberlain, despite the fact that Hitler was unmarried until the day before his death in April 1945. However, as the custom in Austria and Germany is to wear the wedding ring on the *right* hand it may not be a "wedding" ring at all. See more »

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George Mulrooney: [Accepting an award for a film about McCarthyism] Thank you. I dedicate this award to all the courageous filmmakers who take on tough issues like, well, McCarthyism, even though it no longer exists. Or like slavery or Nazism, even though they ended too. But you know, evil exists today like, uh, well, Islamic terrorism, but like I'm gonna make *that* movie, right? Like I wanna get beheaded!
[laughs and mimics being beheaded]
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Sweet Home Alabama
Written by Edward King, Gary Rossington, Ronnie Van Zant
Performed by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Published by Universal Music Corp. and Songs of Universal, Inc.
Courtesy of Geffen Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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21 August 2012 | by (Prague, Czech Republic) – See all my reviews

I rarely write reviews, and I almost never vote negatively for films I have seen which were... less than good. But I found myself to be offended at least 10 times by this film in the 25 minutes I was allowed to watch it (my girlfriend made me switch the station during the "college professor" scene).

This movie seems to be the ultimate decider as to whether someone is a conservative or a liberal. I consider myself neither. I think both sides have a lot of work to do. But it seems pretty obvious that if you are a conservative, you will like this movie. If you lean to the left, you will hate it, but the most important thing to take away from this film is that it is a perfect insight into the mind of conservatives. And it is intensely unintelligent. I think this movie was awful, but I would recommend that everyone see it. Conservatives: so that you can confirm that which you already believe, and Liberals: so that you can understand, a little more exactly, how strangely these people think.

I have lost all respect for everyone who participated in this film. It's a shame, too. I loved Chris Farley as a child, and it's sad to see his brother doing this awfully. Kelsey Grammar used to seem intelligent to me. He no longer does. Leslie Nielson probably had no idea what was going on around him while filming this.

I don't even know... I'm just depressed now.

Good luck, Brian


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