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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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Storyline

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

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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

When the two filmmaker-terrorists were trying to convince Michael Malone that Aziz was an actual terrorist, Michael had several flashbacks of Aziz acting suspiciously. One of the flashbacks was of Aziz dancing at a party with explosives around his waist. This scene was not in the released version! Michael "recalled" something that had not happened. (Or maybe, this being a Zucker film, it was a joke!) See more »

Quotes

Bacon Stains Malone: Don't you worry Mas'sa Malone we got dem bacon stains out of the upholstry, just like you asked. Take over Lebron, I'll do the limo.
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Version of A Christmas Carol (1981) See more »

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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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So truthful, it hurts
3 October 2008 | by johnvibes2See all my reviews

I realize that this film is as politically UNcorrect as it gets and that the hurtful, angry, Anti-American target population about which this movie focus will be very offended and defensive (that's not the radical Islamic terrorists...that's just the liberal left). Since the liberal left in fact controls most of Hollywood, I must give the Zucker, et. al. gang a pat on the back for being so brave and a slap on the knee for being quite funny. Zucker was a democrat until he converted and saw the light after 9-1-1. (Funny how so many young, naive Democrats grow up to be wise, experienced Republicans.) Politics aside, I believe that if everyone just let their ideology down, anyone can find some humor, and great patriotic feelings from this film and some genuine heart warming moments. Excellent cast and good acting by MANY well-known actors (unlike that recognized by the previous reviewer who also had to lower himself by calling them head-injured for expressing their opinions. He better see the film again... didn't get the message (which was a very obvious one). God bless you all and God Bless America.


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