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      An American Carol

      PG-13 Released Oct 3, 2008 1 hr. 24 min. Comedy List
      12% 49 Reviews Tomatometer 48% 10,000+ Ratings Audience Score Documentary filmmaker Michael Malone (Kevin Farley) makes movies about America's shortcomings and is now embarking on a campaign to abolish July 4th. However, he meets John F. Kennedy (Chriss Anglin) on the eve of the holiday, who tells Malone that he will soon be visited by three ghosts. The spirits of a country singer (Trace Adkins), Gen. George S. Patton (Kelsey Grammer) and George Washington (Jon Voight) visit Malone and try to instill a sense of patriotism and love for his country. Read More Read Less

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      An American Carol suffers not so much from its perceived political bias, but from the fact that it simply is not very funny.

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      Joseph C While the comedy can fall flat at times. I actually really love the scene with George Washington giving a speech on freedom Rated 5 out of 5 stars 08/09/23 Full Review christopher walter f Very funny movie for the time it was made. A lot of the critics are upset over the premise going up against their world view but I hate to tell these critics, but comedy goes against the norm. Kevin Farley's portrayal of a Michael Moore type character was spot on. Trace Atkins was an unexpected surprise. It is not the most memorable movie but at the same time anyone who doesn't have the mentality of an easily offended 4 year old girl will have a good time watching and laughing throughout this movie. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Funny - that’s all that matters Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/04/22 Full Review Steve C Loved seeing Hollywood's closeted conservatives find their voice. We'll done. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12/20/21 Full Review Audience Member Exactly what I was hoping for and expecting from this crew. Slapstick comedy with a rightwing lean to it. If you lean left and can't laugh at yourself now and then, avoid this like the plague. If you lean right, it's a rather entertaining and enjoyable movie. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Audience Member Barely watchable since it is so preachy. I think some of the actors got duped by the name Zucker being on this one, or they needed a check, as there is no good reason (even if your politics align) to be in such a sad stab at Michael Moore. And I really really dislike Michael Moore, he's got one of the top spots on my list of "failed filmmakers", and I was ready for someone to do battle with him, but this was not done well. You have so much material to work with on Moore, and this was the best funny you could do? I was completely let down. In the end Moore was just a vehicle to make some vague projections about how things should run in our country, but no military man would believe Frasier Crane as the ghost of General Patton! Rude! This one is important if you are looking for something to meme to make a point about your politics in the worst ways, like--if you need a baby's diarrhea to spell such things out for you... Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Richard Corliss TIME Magazine The mean spirit of Zucker's satire hardly jibes with the liberal spirits of the original tale. Nov 29, 2018 Full Review Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle This movie is seriously unfunny, and it's not just my admittedly left-wing politics that are in the way of my getting the joke. Rated: 0.5/5 Oct 18, 2008 Full Review Susan Walker Toronto Star Utterly asinine, sophomoric, tasteless, the movie has much in common with Zucker's Airplane!, The Naked Gun 2 1/2 and Scary Movie sequels, minus the laughs. Rated: 1/4 Oct 13, 2008 Full Review Richard Propes TheIndependentCritic.com It fails. Miserably. Rated: 0/4.0 Sep 2, 2020 Full Review Debbie Lynn Elias Behind The Lens It often takes mockery and even silliness to make one see the best and worst of a situation or themselves or just have to have some fun and it always seems to be funnier when done on film and by David Zucker. Nov 6, 2019 Full Review Megan Basham WORLD American Carol is [Zucker's] first attempt to merge his newfound worldview with his work. Unfortunately, he swings at so many progressive targets, the punches he does land aren't backed by enough force. Oct 10, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Documentary filmmaker Michael Malone (Kevin Farley) makes movies about America's shortcomings and is now embarking on a campaign to abolish July 4th. However, he meets John F. Kennedy (Chriss Anglin) on the eve of the holiday, who tells Malone that he will soon be visited by three ghosts. The spirits of a country singer (Trace Adkins), Gen. George S. Patton (Kelsey Grammer) and George Washington (Jon Voight) visit Malone and try to instill a sense of patriotism and love for his country.
      Director
      David Zucker
      Executive Producer
      Myrna Sokoloff, Kenneth Hendricks, Diane Hendricks
      Screenwriter
      Myrna Sokoloff, David Zucker
      Distributor
      Vivendi Entertainment
      Production Co
      MPower
      Rating
      PG-13 (Language|Brief Drug Material|Rude and Irreverent Content)
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 3, 2008, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 26, 2009
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $7.0M
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