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An American Carol

An American Carol (2008) starring Kevin Farley, Kelsey Grammer

An American Carol, by David Zucker — €œWARNING! This movie may be offensive to children, young people, old people, in-the-middle people, some people on the right, all people on the left, terrorists, pacifists, war-mongers, fish mongers, Christians, Jews, Muslims, atheists, agnostics (though you’d have to prove it to them), the ACLU, liberals, conservatives, neo-cons, ex-cons, future cons, Republicans, Democrats, Libertarian, people of color, people of no color, English speakers, English-as-a-second language speakers, non-speakers, men, women, more women, & Ivy League professors. Native Americans should be okay. — €

Yes, that about covers it.   Although Liberals, Political Correctness, and their cherished tenets will take the most spoofing.

Product description of An American Carol

From David Zucker, the director of The Naked Gun and Airplane! comes a bare-knuckle comedy where no one is safe from the onslaught of lunacy. When obnoxious Hollywood director Michael Malone organizes a Ban the 4th of July campaign, his efforts are upended by a gang of spirits from America s past. Zucker roasts a herd of sacred cows in this latest parody featuring an all-star cast.

Editorial review of An American Carol, courtesy of Amazon.com

It’s been suggested that An American Carol wasn’t screened for reviewers prior to its theatrical release because the predominantly left-leaning critics would pan the film merely because of its conservative subject matter, thus torpedoing its box office potential. There’s some justification for that belief, but there’s another reason that certain films aren’t pre-screened: because they’re not good, and the studios and/or distributors know it. Director/co-writer David Zucker’s film takes a scattershot approach to various liberals and their causes (Hollywood, MoveOn.org, college professors, the ACLU). It mocks Arab terrorists with facile stereotypes, and it reminds us yet again that British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement of Adolf Hitler led to World War II. Most of all, Zucker delights in skewering filmmaker Michael Moore, here called Michael Malone and amusingly portrayed by Kevin Farley, brother of the late comedian Chris. Not only does — €œMalone — € merely make documentaries, which don’t count as real movies; he’s also a — €œblame America first — € traitor who’s pro-Jihad, hates Christians and country music, owned slaves in a former life, and, worst of all, wants to abolish the Fourth of July holiday. Zucker invokes Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in service of this plotline; he gives Malone/Scrooge a loving nephew and a long-suffering Bob Cratchit (combined into one character, a Navy officer heading off to Iraq), a Jacob Marley (Chris Anglinn as J.F.K.), and three spirits (Kelsey Grammer as Gen. George Patton, Jon Voight as George Washington, and country singer Trace Adkins as the angel of death) who show him the error of his ways. All of this is offered as broad parody, with plenty of physical slapstick (no surprise coming from one of the guys responsible for Airplane and the Naked Gun series) and cameos by the likes of James Woods, Leslie Nielsen, Paris Hilton, Bill O’Reilly, and Dennis Hopper. They aren’t enough to salvage a movie that, whatever its political POV, just isn’t very funny. —Sam Graham

Funny movie quotes from An American Carol

Michael Malone (Kevin Farley): Who are these people?
General George S. Patton (Kelsey Grammer): They’re not people, they’re the ACLU!


Josh: Oh, grandpa fell asleep again.
Timm: No, he’s dead.


Timm: [upon Michael Malone arriving] Oh, look, it’s Uncle Asshole.


Michael Malone (Kevin Farley): [John F. Kennedy, George S. Patton and Bill O’Reilly slap Michael Malone]
[to Bill O’Reilly]
Michael Malone (Kevin Farley): Hey, wait a minute, you’re not a ghost!
Bill O’Reilly: I know! I just enjoy slapping you.


Mohammed (Geoffrey Arend): It is getting harder and harder to find suicide bombers. All the really good ones are gone.


Bacon Stains Malone (Gary Coleman): Don’t you worry Mas’sa Malone we got dem bacon stains out of the upholstery, just like you asked. Take over Lebron, I’ll do the limo.


Michael Malone (Kevin Farley): Look can you make them stop singing.
Rastus Malone (David Alan Grier): Hey, Mas’sa don’t wanna hear that slave shit, kick something in the fo fo.


Michael Malone (Kevin Farley): [misunderstanding his appearance] I always stood up for gay rights.
Angel of Death (Trace Adkins): I am the angel of freakin’ death, you turdhead.


Michael Malone (Kevin Farley): I love America. That’s why it needs to be destroyed. So that it can come to it’s senses.


George Mulrooney (Kevin Sorbo): [Accepting an award for a film about McCarthyism] Thank you. I dedicate this award to all the courageous filmmakers who take on tough issues like, well, McCarthyism, even though it no longer exists. Or like slavery or Nazism, even though they ended too. But you know, evil exists today like, uh, well, Islamic terrorism, but like I’m gonna make *that* movie, right? Like I wanna get beheaded!
[laughs and mimics being beheaded]

Trivia for An American Carol

  • The date on the headstone lists Michael Malone’s birthdate as April 20, 1952. April 20 is also the birthdate of Adolf Hitler.
  • In one scene, a portrait of Davy Crockett is seen on the wall: it’s the same portrait that appeared in Leslie Nielsen’s house in Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult – an in-joke from director David Zucker.
  • Both Wayne Knight and Frank Caliendo turned down the role of Michael Malone.