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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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Patriotism was dead, as dead as a door nail. See more »

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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 »

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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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2.35 : 1
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WILHELM SCREAM: Heard near the end, when one of the sick children falls off of the pier. See more »

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A scene in the NYC subway station at Madison Square Garden (34th St.) shows a sign for the 2, 5 and "S" trains. The 5 and "S" do not stop there. It should read 1,2,3 trains. See more »

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Michael Malone: Who are these people?
General George S. Patton: They're not people, they're the ACLU!
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References Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »

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Written & Performed by James Seymour Brett (as James Brett) (PRS)
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Funny - No, Intelligent - No, Worth Viewing – Probably Not
2 January 2013 | by nYr10See all my reviews

Michael Malone (Kevin Farley) is an American documentary maker out to abolish Fourth of July celebrations, perceiving it as the ultimate representation of what is wrong in America. However, he is visited by three ghosts who intend to change the way he views his country.

Firstly, David Zucker appears to have fallen a long way since the heights of Airplane and Police Squad – although too many Scary Movie sequels and "spoof" movies on the resume show the path to these new depths of garbage. Unfortunately, we live in a world where bowing to the lowest common denominator in taste and quality still makes money.

As somebody outside of the USA, perhaps this is not a movie targeted at me but it feels like the worst kind of low brow comedy, which takes easy and cheap shots at "anti-American" film-makers. Although the target is clear (Kevin Farley's characterisation is in no doubt), if questioning the way things work automatically marks you as an anarchist (or "anti- American", in this case) then what is a democracy? I may not always agree with your point but would not deny you the right to say it. "Freedom of Speech" still exists, right?

Leslie Neilson appears as a grandfather, telling the story we see play out. Although always good to see Neilson, he has little to do in this movie besides one "action" scene. Trace Adkins appears as both The Angel of Death and himself. As himself, he is apparently the ultimate representation of America and what it means to be a true American. The role is fairly small, which is probably best, as even if you enjoy his musical output, I'm not sure feature films are his future. Kelsey Grammar as General Patton has an overly long yet mildly amusing role but is ultimately wasted in it. His feature film output will not garner awards – Down Periscope any one? – but he may be the highlight in an otherwise dull production with few redeeming features.

Bad acting, cheap shots at those willing to question the norm and "jokes" that will make many wince – we should be allowed to charge the film-makers for our time spent watching this rubbish.

Overall, if you are a fan of the spoof movies of recent years, give this a try. If you are a Michael Moore hater, give this a try. If you don't fall in to either of those camps, don't waste your time or money.


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