An American Carol movie

An American Carol movie

Also Known As:   An American Carol

Production Status:     In Production/Awaiting Release

Genres:     Comedy

Release Date:     October 3rd, 2008 (wide)

MPAA Rating:     PG-13 for rude and irreverent content, and for language and brief drug material.

Distributors:   Vivendi Entertainment

Production Co.: Mpower Pictures

Filming Locations:  Los Angeles, California, United States

Produced in: United States

Starring:       Kelsey Grammer, Jon Voight, Trace Adkins, James Woods, Jon Voight

Directed by:     David Zucker

Produced by:     David Zucker, Steve McEveety, John Shepherd

Back in the ol’ underclassmen days at college I befriended a number of budding garage band music artists who were always happy to give me their home-burned CDs that were destined to take them to high places. They all sucked. Every song. I keep these little mementos as a reminder some people shouldn’t have dreams. Of the many terrible qualities of these songs is their piercing ability to stick to your psyche long after you’ve tried drinking the memories away.

One of the many songs still stuck in my head eight years after I heard it for the first and only team is a nice little number entitled “Sick of America” by some liberal student I knew. Much like the title, the song was an endless predictable rhyme about how other nations are more fun than America. I’ll even admit other nations have their charms and youth should be spent exploring the world and expanding horizons. It doesn’t mean the song doesn’t suck.

I mention all of this only because I’m reviewing the latest David Zucker film “An American Carol.” The movie targeted America haters and reinforced an idea that had been in my head for a long time; if you’re sick of America, leave.

It’s a rare treat for me to be invited to a movie premier, and the pre-screening party didn’t skimp any expense. A modern version of the Andrews Sisters calling themselves “The Liberty Belles” (Apparently they’re USO regulars) danced and sang onstage while the open bar attracted my interest. Three hours of partying and it was time to get to the movie theatre.

David Zucker, Kevin Farley, Jon Voight and others were all present for the mostly finished film’s premier. Free popcorn and candy made the experience pleasurable, if not too loud. The noise plus the poor acustics took away from the experience. On the other hand, after a half dozen trips to an open bar, I didn’t really notice.

The story opens with Leslie Nielson taking care of little children at a 4th of July picnic. Nielson is known as a Democrat, and there were several cameos by liberals in this film. This was a movie directed at lampooning the more extreme left. It wasn’t an attack on any particular party. The likes of Michael Moore, the ACLU and Rosie O’Donnell were the primary targets.

Playing the part of Scrooge in this Patriotic update to Dickenson’s “A Christmas Carol” was Kevin Farley. His character was a caricature of Michael Moore called Michael Malone. We follow Malone as he prepares to lead a nationwide effort to ban the Fourth of July (or at least patriotic celebrations of the Fourth of July). In response, three spirits visit Malone leading up to the Fourth of July in hopes of saving his American soul. Farley is very good in his role, and his on screen presence is similar to that of his late brother Chris Farley.

Kelsey Grammer played the role of General George Patton. He helped Michael Malone along the path of redemption. Jon Voight could be briefly seen as George Washington, Chriss Anglin played JFK while Trace Adkins was the dark figure of the angel of death. Bill O’Reilly appeared in a hilarious cameo and there were some other recognizable faces popping up throughout the film.

The movie moved quickly from one gag to the next. ACLU zombie lawyers, incompetent suicide bombers and young starry eyed Malone supporters all found themselves at the butt of often profane jokes. As somewhat of a South Park conservative, I didn’t mind the vulgar gags. However, I can see how this movie may not get the most positive reception among many other conservatives.

I laughed, often and hard, which is truly the barometer for movies like this. The targets of this film are straw men, and it won’t go down as a cinematic achievement. But, as a flag waiving Republican I can’t encourage people enough to go see this movie when it comes out in early October.

Unless, of course, they’re sick of America.

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