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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Laugh like your country depends on it. 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 »

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Release Date:

3 October 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Big Fat Important Movie  »

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Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


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 »


Mohammed: It is getting harder and harder to find suicide bombers. And all the really good ones are gone.
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America, I Believe in You
Written by Charlie Daniels, Bruce Brown, William DiGregorio, John Gavin, Charles Hayward
Published by Songs of Universal Inc.
Performed by Trace Adkins
Trace Adkins appears courtesy of Capitol Records Nashville
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a movie that reinforces and praises blind faith in America
15 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I enjoy watching funny comedies - even the mindless ones that require a suspension of judgment. What I do not like about this movie is that it makes a statement, an absurd statement, which cannot be made in a non- comedic way, yet is meant to be taken seriously.

I do not consider myself political, but I do know that there are attitudes that are detrimental to human progress and well-being. It seems to me that the irrationalism that defines American neo- conservativism is not harmless 'ignorance is bliss'. The only reason that there is a "liberal slant" in the American media is that the "conservative slant" is not convincing to the younger generation of thinking people. That is why every documentary, political or not, that I have ever seen or heard of, is liberal-friendly. Because by making a comedic argument to be serious comes off as an ironic farce - which is precisely what this movie is.

Putting the political statements aside, it is just not funny.

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