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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 »

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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)

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$7,001,720 (USA) (31 October 2008)
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Both Wayne Knight and Frank Caliendo turned down the role of Michael Malone. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Michael Malone: I love America. That's why it needs to be destroyed. So that it can come to it's senses.
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Version of Bah Humduck!: A Looney Tunes Christmas (2006) See more »

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Chicken Fried
Written by Zac Brown and Wyatt Durrette
Courtesy of Weimerhound Music, Heart Above Your Head
Performed by Zac Brown Band
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I love a good political satire (it's just a shame this isn't one)
16 June 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

You could be forgiven for thinking that 'Hollywood' is pretty 'left-wing' in general. Pretty much every film or TV show does tend to portray right-wing Republicans as the 'baddies' and nice, liberal Democrats as the goodies. I guess there was always going to be a film that would challenge that stereotype. I've got nothing against alternate viewpoints; it's just a shame they couldn't do it any better than this.

Firstly, if you don't know who Michael Moore is (or his work in documentary film-making) you're going to struggle to 'get' most of the jokes here. He makes documentaries which mainly criticise what he sees as 'flaws' with America and the American way of life, not to mention throw in a fair few 'anti right-wing' references along the way. Therefore the central character in this film is 'Michael Malone' (subtle, huh?) – a documentary film-maker who basically looks exactly like Michael Moore and shares his liberal sensibilities. He gets recruited by foreign terrorists to produce an anti-American film for their nefarious purposes.

The film probably could have worked, if it wasn't for the fact that all the jokes are largely 'personal.' Yes, Michael Moore is a large man. This means that most of the gags are based on his appearance and other problems with his physical appearance. You start being able to see them coming after a while.

Leslie Nielson his also in this (although not as much as most people would like) and his small cameos are reasonably good.

I watched this through and I did chuckle a few times. It's not as terrible as it could have been. It's just that its whole story is based on a political agenda and it gets a little tiring being constantly slapped in the face with the same message.

If you're 'ultra liberal' you're probably going to hate this film. If you're 'ultra right-wing' you'll probably agree with certain aspects of its message, yet still find it not that funny. However, if you're left or right wing, as long as you hate Michael Moore, you'll probably love this.


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