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An American Carol (2008)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Fantasy | 3 October 2008 (USA)
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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Angel of Death / Trace Adkins
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Mohammed
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Speaker 1940's
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Look Out! It's Those Christians! (as Mark Basil)
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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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WAR IS NOT THE ANSWER See more »

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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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$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

In accordance with the film's strong political theme, the official Internet site used a grassroots pre-publicity marketing strategy. Users on the site, dubbed "American Carolers", could make use of online tools to email friends about the film, network with other fans, etc. Points were given based on participation, and prizes (tickets, posters, etc) were awarded to the highest scorers. The names of the top 16 "Carolers" are on the DVD, in the Bonus Features under "Special Thanks". See more »

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After Michael Malone is escorted into the concert at that end of the movie he sneaks away as the soldiers are distracted by the fireworks. On the floor you can see they are "trampling" an American flag. This is part of the extended scene which can be found in the DVD's bonus features. See more »

Quotes

Michael Malone: Look can you make them stop singing.
Rastus Malone: Hey, Mas'sa don't wanna hear that slave shit, kick something in the fo fo.
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Spoofs CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) See more »

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Corazon de Oro
Written by William Bergman
Published by JRM Music
Courtesy of Megatrax
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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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