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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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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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Patriotism was dead, as dead as a door nail. 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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$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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WILHELM SCREAM: Heard near the end, when one of the sick children falls off of the pier. See more »

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The pew in St. Paul's chapel that the Washingtons used during President Washington's 15 months in New York is actually against the north wall. The movie puts it in the middle of the church. See more »

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Version of A Christmas Carol at Ford's Theatre (1979) See more »

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Spirit of America
Written by Freddy Bliffert
Performed by Freddy Bliffert and Agina Alvarez
Produced by Jamey Scott
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More sad than funny
19 July 2014 | by (Indianapolis, IN USA) – See all my reviews

At first, I thought the movie was tongue-in-cheek, parodying how Conservatives seem to view Liberals, and waited for the punchline...

Unfortunately, there is no punchline. David Zucker was actually trying to parody progressives, but instead created a list of common misconceptions. It reminded me of when Creationists try to parody evolution. If you don't understand something, your parody of it won't make sense. I can laugh at political jokes I don't agree with if they at least represent my position correctly in order to make the joke. It's on par with making fun of the idea of Global Climate Change while not understanding the difference between climate and weather, or like criticizing Islam to a Sikh. He won't be offended by your criticism of Islam, only the fact that you don't understand what a Sikh is. I wasn't offended by David Zucker's jokes, I'm just disappointed that he has such horrible misconceptions about what progressives want/believe.

For instance, Michael Monroe's apparent support of Cuba in the film is (I guess?) supposed to parody more liberal positions on healthcare, but it misses the point entirely by suggesting that what liberals want is government intervention and control rather than better results, as if the means always justified the ends. He gets so up his own ass he even contradicts himself: For instance, during a ghost-of-Christmas-past-esque visit from George S Patton, Neville Chamberlain manages to prevent WWII, presumably saving millions of lives, after which Patton says "see? Talking to dictators gets you nothing". The fact that millions of lives were saved was apparently offset by the embarrassment of having Neville Chamberlain shine Hitler's shoes, as if not looking like a pussy were more important than saving lives. They then try to suggest that slavery would have continued without the Civil War... even though the UK, France, and pretty much every single country that ever abolished slavery did so without a war... again, as if liberals were always concerned with the means over the ends. Every joke relies on a misconception or misunderstanding.

This movie was really really really sad and horrible. I weep for the future of America.


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