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All American Christmas Carol (2013)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 5 November 2013 (USA)
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A white-trash mom is visited by three ghosts intent on showing her a path to a brighter future.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Taryn Manning ... Cindy
Beverly D'Angelo ... Wanda / Ghost of Christmas Future
Wendi McLendon-Covey ... Marge
Eddie Jemison ... Bob
Alex Solowitz ... Rat Tail Randy
Danny Woodburn ... Mr. Wink
Lin Shaye ... Barbara Belnap
Shiri Appleby ... Pam
Marshall Manesh ... Car Salesman
Eric Roberts ... Constantine / Ghost of Christmas Present
Meat Loaf ... Ross (as Meat Loaf Aday)
Douglas Owens Douglas Owens ... Wayne
Tristan Lake Leabu ... Harley
Spencer Locke ... Ghost of Christmas Past
Samuel J. Dixon ... Skoal
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Living for fun, shouldering no responsibilities and trolloping around in a drunken haze with any guy who'll have her, Cindy Wegman is trailer park trash through and through - so much so that when one of her kids' fathers dies and returns to herald the coming of three Christmas spirits to guide her towards redemption (ala Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol'), she only gets the trashy sort she deserves. Written by statmanjeff

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

All American Christmas Carol See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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Cindy Wegman: So I'm gonna... uh, I'm gonna go for a ride with Randy. I just need to feel the wind in my hair and-and mourn the loss of your dead daddy, okay?
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In the opening, names of the cast are spelled out on objects found in and around a trailer park. See more »

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Remake of A Christmas Carol (1951) See more »

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Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
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Composed by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (as Felix Mendelssohn), adapted by William H. Cummings
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The gift that never gives.
29 November 2018 | by mrlancebSee all my reviews

"All American Christmas Carol" tries to play both sides of the line between trailer trash schlock and family redemption ala Dickens. Unfortunately, it fails to entertain in either realm. The pace of the movie is uneven and slow, bouncing around story points that go on too long and initially leave you wondering what all this is leading to. Most of the cast is competent enough, but the characters and situations, as written, are uninteresting and unconvincing. Ironically, when the first ghost finally appears in the presence of the character supposedly needing to be un-Scrooged, the moment is rushed with no buildup or reaction whatsoever to the game-changing event. Why this scene is played with such dryness by both characters is both puzzling and disappointing, especially after so many uncompelling scenes leading up to it. And so it goes with the rest of the spirits who have their subsequent (and unremarkable) interactions. At what point this movie was supposed to be entertaining was lost on me. The resolution that finally brings this movie to an end is equally unbelievable, uninteresting, and prolonged.

I gave this movie 3 stars for good acting by some of the cast, and overall technical production that was decent. None of those stars are for special effects, as the ghosts appear mostly via camera cuts and are only afforded makeup for their afterlife appearance.

If you like stereotypical trailer trash gags, this movie has a few. Otherwise, there's not much else in it worth the hour and a half.


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