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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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David Zucker

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Trace Adkins ... Angel of Death / Trace Adkins
Brandon Alter ... He's Much Fatter in Person.
Chriss Anglin ... John F. Kennedy
Geoffrey Arend ... Mohammed
Scott Bailey ... Celebrity 2
Dana Lyn Baron ... Speaker 1940's
Mark Vafiades ... Look Out! It's Those Christians! (as Mark Basil)
Morgan Beck Morgan Beck ... "Free History Term Papers"
Julian Berlin ... Woman at Awards Party
Randall Bosley ... Mussolini
Joanne Bowland Joanne Bowland ... Intern
Cocoa Brown ... Airport Security Guard 1
Vicki Browne Vicki Browne ... Rosie O'Connell
Mary Castro ... Hottie
Gary Coleman ... Bacon Stains Malone
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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 »

Genres:

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Big Fat Important Movie See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In one scene, a portrait of Davy Crockett is seen on the wall: it's the same portrait that appeared in Leslie Nielsen's house in Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994) as an in-joke from Director David Zucker. See more »

Goofs

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: Who are these people?
General George S. Patton: They're not people, they're the ACLU!
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Connections

References The Flintstones (1994) See more »

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Chicken Dance
Written by Werner Thomas and Terry Rendall
Published by September Music Corp.
Administered by Frosty Mint Productions, LLC
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I love a good political satire (it's just a shame this isn't one)
16 June 2015 | by bowmanblueSee 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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