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

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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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In one scene, a portrait of Davy Crockett is seen on the wall: it's the same portrait that appeared in Leslie Nielsen's house in Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994)--an in-joke from director David Zucker. 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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Version of A Christmas Carol (1969) See more »

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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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What's next for Zucker? Pro Nixon, Pro McCarthyism movie?
10 December 2009 | by See all my reviews

I loved Airplane! I think it's a staple on the American comedy scene. In fact, I love several of David Zucker's movies, but he seems to have lost his understanding of the American psyche in his last few attempts. An American Carol, for instance, could just as well have been a pro-Nixon movie, released soon after Watergate. I'm sure there will be a few who will find Zucker's portrayal of Michael Moore funny and they would likely find a Zucker portrayal of Martha Mitchell to be humorous, as well. The irony comes in Zucker's failure to realize that most people side with Michael Moore on his opinions, as well as the facts that support his opinions, which Zucker pokes fun at by treating them as if they were untrue.

As a Liberal, I didn't expect to agree with Zucker's political views, and yet, I felt compelled to watch it and give it a fair shake, believing that my difference in politics might not prevent me from finding it funny. Unfortunately, An American Carol ended up being as disconnected from reality as I'd feared beforehand and I can't help wondering what Hollywood genius figured it would be a good idea to make fun of a controversial American political icon, just as the vast majority of Americans were figuring out that his serious accusations were justified. If Zucker were around for the Boston Tea Party, he most surely would have had a blast ridiculing Samuel Adams, and those throwing tea overboard, and I'm sure he wouldn't have spared American revolutionaries for wanting independence, either, because Zucker seems all about protecting the establishment, no matter who it is and what faults it may have.

I may sound motivated by politics, but that's really not the impetus for my harsh review at all. We've all seen funny political humor that was driven by views that we didn't share, but this is different because Zucker is trying to force humor that just isn't there. Michael Moore offers a plethora of opportunities for humor, but there is nothing funny about portraying people as wrong, when in fact, they were right. And if I am wrong on this, then I have a great idea for a satire about Abraham Lincoln foolishly trying to end slavery, which I'm certain will have it's fans as well.


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