An American Carol

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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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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.

Cast & Crew

Kevin P. Farley
Michael Malone
Kelsey Grammer
Gen. George Patton
Trace Adkins
Grim Reaper
Jon Voight
George Washington
Chriss Anglin
John F. Kennedy
Leslie Nielsen
Grandpa, Osama bin Nielsen
Myrna Sokoloff
Executive Producer
Kenneth Hendricks
Executive Producer
Diane Hendricks
Executive Producer
James L. Venable
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Critic Reviews for An American Carol

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (43)

  • The mean spirit of Zucker's satire hardly jibes with the liberal spirits of the original tale.

    November 29, 2018 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    October 13, 2008 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • As entertainment, An American Carol ranks below YouTube clips of Sarah Palin.

    October 6, 2008 | Rating: D-
  • Poorly made indie production has a script that feels like a list of ripostes collected over the last several years to liberal criticisms of the U.S.: The whole enterprise feels far more agenda- than entertainment-driven.

    October 6, 2008

    Todd McCarthy

    Variety
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  • An American Carol is about as not-funny as a comedy can get.

    October 6, 2008 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • It's a polemic, a screed, a combination comic rant and sentimental flag-waver that doesn't work as either.

    October 6, 2008 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for An American Carol

  • Dec 09, 2011
    I thought this was a really funny movie, why all the criticism?
    Daniel D Super Reviewer
  • Jul 24, 2011
    Mildly funny. Not awful, but not that good either. As far as the message goes, it's as ridiculous as, well, one of Michael Moore's movies.
    Alex M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 20, 2011
    the uk title of this was Another big fat important movie, so maybe its another entry along with awful spoofs, epic movie, disaster movie, superhero movie and other disasters, but this turns out pretty decent, this not being aimed at teens and packing as many relevent current movies as possible, but focusing on michael moore throughout. and it comes off well, in fact the only times it doesent hit marks is when typical spoof jokes come into play. here we see a moorelike charactor getting shit on throughout for his doc, and his stance on trouncing america. its a very pro-america film, and belittles moore in every way, and even though i love moores films, and to a big degree i think he has valid points in certain things. he does know how to spin things through crafty editing and leaving stuff out, and this film certainly gets moore where it hurts. a decent suprise
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • May 15, 2010
    This movie has more than its share of stupid, slapstick scenes but really what else would you expect from a movie with Leslie Nielsen? The plot is based loosely on three spirits visiting a scrooge type (Michael Malone) like in a Christmas Carol. The question is: can they make this clowd that wants to ban the Fourth of July see the light and come to appreciate real American values? The movie makes fun of everything and everyone, from terrorist training videos to the Rosie O'Connell segment. Politics aside, this movie is hilarious and definitely worth seeing.
    Deb S Super Reviewer

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