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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
He's Much Fatter in Person.
Celebrity 2
Speaker 1940's
Look Out! It's Those Christians! (as Mark Basil)
Morgan Beck ...
"Free History Term Papers"
Woman at Awards Party
Joanne Bowland ...
Airport Security Guard 1
Vicki Browne ...
Rosie O'Connell


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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 »


Comedy | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

3 October 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Big Fat Important Movie  »

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Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,656,000, 5 October 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,001,720, 2 November 2008
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


WILHELM SCREAM: Heard near the end, when one of the sick children falls off of the pier. See more »


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 »


Timm: [upon Michael Malone arriving] Oh, look, it's Uncle Asshole.
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Version of The Alcoa Hour: The Stingiest Man in Town (1956) See more »


Chicken Fried
Written by Zac Brown and Wyatt Durrette
Courtesy of Weimerhound Music, Heart Above Your Head
Performed by Zac Brown Band
Courtesy of Homegrown Music, Inc. / ROAR
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Kudos to the brave souls who made this film
4 October 2008 | by See all my reviews

I was pleasantly surprised by this movie. Though Mr. Zucker's brand of crude humor is typically not my cup of tea, the pleasure I took from watching so many of Hollywood's "sacred cows" being torpedoed on screen made me giddy as a schoolgirl.

The performances were well done, especially Kelsey Grammar as General Patton. Everyone involved in this project should be commended for having the stones to make a film so contrary to the prevailing culture in Hollywood.

This picture said so many things that needed to be said, yet did it through laughter, instead of venom-spewing. Well done.

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