Reviewing “An American Carol”

Friday I told you all to go see the new conservative movie An American Carol. Before I get into the review, here’s the trailer:

I thought the movie would be hilarious. And it was. I loved it. David Zucker, best known for directing Airplane! and the Naked Gun movies, did a great job. While his biggest target was obviously Michael Moore, he didn’t limit himself to just Moore.

The premise of the movie is that Michael Malone (Kevin Farley), an Oscar winning documentary filmmaker who gets no real respect from Hollywood and whose films make no money, is desperate to become relevant. So he starts a movement to abolish July 4th. Movealong.org is involved. Malone’s nephew Josh is a sailor in the Navy and is about to ship out to the Persian Gulf, and he’s asking for his uncle to come see him off and help take care of his family. Malone laughs it off, asking how his nephew the sailor could ever possibly be related to him. Meanwhile, a trio of terrorists led by Robert Davi are plotting to wage the ultime jihad — and guess who is their unwitting co-conspirator? One night, as Malone is contemplating what his “hero” John F. Kennedy (Chriss Anglin) would have done, JFK himself pays Malone a little visit, and castigates him for exploiting everything he stood for. He then informs Malone that he’ll be visited by three ghosts who will try to show him the error of his ways. Malone is then visited by General Patton (Kelsey Grammar), George Washington (Jon Voight), and the Angel of Death (Trace Adkins), although the majority of the movie features General Patton. He tries to show Malone the error of his ways, with little success. Eventually, though, Malone comes around.

I really enjoyed the movie. It wasn’t always laugh-out-loud hilarious, but I don’t think it was meant to be. The primary message is that some things are worth fighting for (had Lincoln lost or declined toe fight the Civil War, Malone would be the largest slaveholder in the state, and a cruel one at that). There were some really hilarious moments, though — my favorites, I think, were the scenes featuring the ACLU zombies and the singing radical college professors indoctrinating your children, wishing it was 1968 again. Paris Hilton and Simon Rex even made appearances (as themselves), hosting the MoveAlong.org Awards, where Hollywood celebrities decry poverty (while dripping in jewelry), world hunger (while feasting on lobster and steak), and wallow in their hatred of America and love for themselves.

There were some poignant moments too. Jon Voight was an incredible George Washington. He makes a brief appearance, but it brought tears to my eyes. It was the most powerful scene in the movie.

All in all, it was not the best or the funniest movie I’ve ever seen. But it was funny, it was relevant, it was enjoyable, and it had a great message. I would definitely recommend that everyone watches it.

Cross-posted from Cassy’s blog. Stop by for more original commentary!

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