An American Carol (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy  |  3 October 2008 (USA)
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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 <>

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Laugh like your country depends on it. See more »


Comedy | Fantasy

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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)

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


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

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b- at best, c+ at worst
8 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Two disclaimers first - one, i am a conservative and two, i am a huge zucker fan.

now, overall, i think the worst aspect of the film is that it was about 15 minutes too long. there was just enough dead air in the movie during the "dream sequences" that the film lost momentum and purpose.

despite that, it had its funny moments. Farley was great. Grammar was on screen too long, and we could have used a little more o'Reilly (even though i am not a fan). trace Adkins was kind of annoying, and while i am a devotee of Leslie Nielson, it is getting time to let him go to pasture. the father from Frazier or somebody like that would have done a better job. Nielson is just looking a little unsure of himself.

nonetheless, the movie had some bright spots. the Rosie o'Donnell scene was genius and the most all of the scenes with the two hapless terrorists were cute. also, the bicycle terrorist scene at the beginning was quite clever, as was the terrorist training film in the vein of "goofus and gallant".

quite hit and miss, but worth at least one viewing. in watching this though, one becomes wistful for the group days of zucker and zucker.

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