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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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WARNING! This movie may be offensive to children, young people, old people, in-the-middle people, some people on the right, all people on the left, terrorists, pacifists, war-mongers, fish mongers, Christians, Jews, Muslims, atheists, agnostics (though you'd have to prove it to them), the ACLU, liberals, conservatives, neo-cons, ex-cons, future cons, Republicans, Democrats, Libertarian, people of color, people of no color, English speakers, English-as-a-second language speakers, non-speakers, men, women, more women, & Ivy League professors. Native Americans should be okay. 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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3 October 2008 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$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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Trivia

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

Goofs

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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Mohammed: It is getting harder and harder to find suicide bombers. And all the really good ones are gone.
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Version of A Christmas Carol: Scrooge's Ghostly Tale (2006) See more »

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Hellbilly
Written by Keith Volpone p/k/a Seven Wiliams, Walter Brandt, William Brandt (as Bill Brandt) and Cliff Downs
Performed by Whiskey Falls
Published by One Mad King Publishing
Published by 4MYGIRLS MUSIC
Whiskey Falls appears courtesy of We 3 Kings, Inc.
www.whiskeyfallsmusic.com
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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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