An American Carol (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy  |  3 October 2008 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.3/10 from 8,487 users   Metascore: 20/100
Reviews: 204 user | 62 critic | 12 from

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.


Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video




Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Spanish Movie (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

A spoof of contemporary Spanish movies.

Director: Javier Ruiz Caldera
Stars: Alexandra Jiménez, Sílvia Abril, Carlos Areces
Action | Comedy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Ryan Harrison is framed for murder and must prove himself innocent by finding a mysterious one-eyed, one-armed, one-legged man after escaping from a bus accident on the way to jail.

Director: Pat Proft
Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Richard Crenna, Kelly LeBrock
Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

Orphaned high school student Rick Riker is bitten by a radioactive dragonfly, develops super powers (except for the ability to fly), and becomes a hero.

Director: Craig Mazin
Stars: Drake Bell, Leslie Nielsen, Sara Paxton
Spy Hard (1996)
Comedy | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

General Rancor is threatening to destroy the world with a missile he is hiding at his secret base. But to complete his goal, he needs a special computer chip, invented by the scientist Prof... See full summary »

Director: Rick Friedberg
Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Nicollette Sheridan, Charles Durning
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.1/10 X  

A slovenly cable repairman becomes a big-city health inspector and is tasked with uncovering the source of a food poisoning epidemic.

Director: Trent Cooper
Stars: Larry the Cable Guy, David Koechner, Michael Papajohn
Stan Helsing (2009)
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

It's Halloween night, and slacker video clerk Stan Helsing along with his insanely sexy ex-girlfriend , best buddy and an exotic dancer/'massage therapist' - detours into a town cursed by ... See full summary »

Director: Bo Zenga
Stars: Steve Howey, Diora Baird, Kenan Thompson
Stonerville (Video 2011)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.2/10 X  

Troy "Slam" Slamsky has the viral advertising bug but his shorts sometimes turn his world upside down.

Director: Bill Corcoran
Stars: Patrick Cavanaugh, Alex Mauriello, Brian Guest
Camouflage (2001)
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

An actor discovers the dark side of private investigating when he takes on an assignment in rural Oregon with a crusty P.I.

Director: James Keach
Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Lochlyn Munro, Vanessa Angel
Top Secret! (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Parody of WWII spy movies in which an American rock and roll singer becomes involved in a Resistance plot to rescue a scientist imprisoned in East Germany.

Directors: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Val Kilmer, Lucy Gutteridge, Peter Cushing
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Frank Drebin comes out of retirement to help Police Squad infiltrate a gang of terrorists planning to detonate a bomb at the Academy Awards.

Director: Peter Segal
Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, George Kennedy
Delta Farce (2007)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.4/10 X  

Three bumbling Army reservists bound for Iraq are accidentally dropped at Mexican village besieged by hostile forces.

Director: C.B. Harding
Stars: Larry the Cable Guy, Bill Engvall, DJ Qualls
Comedy | Romance

A noodle war between a Chinese restaurant and an Italian restaurant.



Cast overview, first billed only:
He's Much Fatter in Person.
Celebrity 2
Speaker 1940's
Look Out! It's Those Christians! (as Mark Basil)
Morgan Beck ...
"Free History Term Papers"
Woman at Awards Party
Joanne Bowland ...
Vicki Browne ...


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 <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


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 »


Comedy | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:



Release Date:

3 October 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Big Fat Important Movie  »

Filming Locations:

Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Both Wayne Knight and Frank Caliendo turned down the role of Michael Malone. See more »


When the two filmmaker-terrorists were trying to convince Michael Malone that Aziz was an actual terrorist, Michael had several flashbacks of Aziz acting suspiciously. One of the flashbacks was of Aziz dancing at a party with explosives around his waste. This scene was not in the released version! Michael "recalled" something that had not happened. See more »


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]
See more »


Version of Shower of Stars: A Christmas Carol (1954) See more »


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
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Funny - No, Intelligent - No, Worth Viewing – Probably Not
2 January 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Michael Malone (Kevin Farley) is an American documentary maker out to abolish Fourth of July celebrations, perceiving it as the ultimate representation of what is wrong in America. However, he is visited by three ghosts who intend to change the way he views his country.

Firstly, David Zucker appears to have fallen a long way since the heights of Airplane and Police Squad – although too many Scary Movie sequels and "spoof" movies on the resume show the path to these new depths of garbage. Unfortunately, we live in a world where bowing to the lowest common denominator in taste and quality still makes money.

As somebody outside of the USA, perhaps this is not a movie targeted at me but it feels like the worst kind of low brow comedy, which takes easy and cheap shots at "anti-American" film-makers. Although the target is clear (Kevin Farley's characterisation is in no doubt), if questioning the way things work automatically marks you as an anarchist (or "anti- American", in this case) then what is a democracy? I may not always agree with your point but would not deny you the right to say it. "Freedom of Speech" still exists, right?

Leslie Neilson appears as a grandfather, telling the story we see play out. Although always good to see Neilson, he has little to do in this movie besides one "action" scene. Trace Adkins appears as both The Angel of Death and himself. As himself, he is apparently the ultimate representation of America and what it means to be a true American. The role is fairly small, which is probably best, as even if you enjoy his musical output, I'm not sure feature films are his future. Kelsey Grammar as General Patton has an overly long yet mildly amusing role but is ultimately wasted in it. His feature film output will not garner awards – Down Periscope any one? – but he may be the highlight in an otherwise dull production with few redeeming features.

Bad acting, cheap shots at those willing to question the norm and "jokes" that will make many wince – we should be allowed to charge the film-makers for our time spent watching this rubbish.

Overall, if you are a fan of the spoof movies of recent years, give this a try. If you are a Michael Moore hater, give this a try. If you don't fall in to either of those camps, don't waste your time or money.

12 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
A serious question… about the success of right leaning films and shows. plantman102
It's so sad to see... sir_clive
Indisputable Proof of the Leftist Lie Machine Thunderball-007
A truly fascist cinema msimic
No Oscar Nominations? togotogo200
all of the 1 rankings is embarassing. purpose24
Discuss An American Carol (2008) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: