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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.


David Zucker





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


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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From David Zucker, the master of questionable taste 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) See more »

Also Known As:

Big Fat Important Movie See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA


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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Michael Malone: [John F. Kennedy, George S. Patton and Bill O'Reilly slap Michael Malone]
[to Bill O'Reilly]
Michael Malone: Hey, wait a minute, you're not a ghost!
Bill O'Reilly: I know! I just enjoy slapping you.
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Version of A Christmas Carol (1950) 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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Finally, a movie where coffee-cafe-communists aren't telling me how to feel.
7 January 2009 | by GatlinburgSee all my reviews

I laughed when I came on here and saw a handful of sheepish shoegazers reviewing this movie. They called it 'propaganda', they called it a 'Conservative brainwashing tool.' Let's be honest for a few minutes. Hollywood is riddled with mind-numbingly moronic 'actors' who tell you how to feel, tell you how to spend your money, tell you how to vote, and tell you how you should live your life. Honestly, how can you 16 year old latte lappers truthfully view this film as 'propaganda'? It just makes me laugh.

Anyway, this film was a nice breath of fresh air. I'm sick of Sean Penn pouring his whining little do-nothing tears all over the television set. I'm sick of Opera sitting on her $6,000 white sofa while crying about every low-life druggy that plops onto the seat next to her. I'm sick of the ALCU grave diggers scouring the globe and looking for the next person who says the word 'black' or spills coffee on their lap. I'm sick of Rosie Odonnell spraying bacon bits out of her loud mouth while she thinks she's daytime TVs answer to all the world's problems. Like I said, this film was a breath of fresh air.

Watching this film I realized that modern day America has no General Patton, we have no war hero JFK, we have no liberty loving George Washington. Modern day America needs public officials that know the price of freedom...now I know some of you leftist Bolsheviks will laugh at that, but that's only to your demise. Billions of people around the world are suffering at the hands of brutal and power hungry dictators...yet you sit behind your computer, posting your inane blogs, and believing all the answers can be solved with a click of a mouse and a hug. Get a grip on reality and stop living in Candy Land.


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