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... more » 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.« less
Slow start for this movie in the genre of the wacky comedies like Airplane.
I liked this movie because it was friendly to conservatives. It had a good patriotic message. The movie was similar to the storytelling of the Christmas Carol, but the holiday is the 4th of July.
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John L. (layne1138) from LANCASTER, OH Reviewed on 9/18/2011...
Entertaining. I had wanted to see this when it came out, and then forgot about it. It is an amusing movie with a conservative viewpoint. A nice response to many of the liberal and anti-war movies out there. So if conservatism offends you, I suggest you stay away.
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Bobby D. (TheVertMan) from HAZARD, KY Reviewed on 6/14/2010...
A movie with a great premise didn't live up to the hype and became a disaster at the box office. The reasons for it's failure is not the stars, Kelsey Grammar and Leslie Nielsen are two grade A pros, it's the story and it's one sided view. While it's true the intent of the film was to poke fun at the liberals and their supposed hatred of America (though these days it's Republicans earning they're unamerican wings by attacking the President in a time of war...ain't it funny how the tables turned?), it became to one sided by not poking fun at the conservatives at least one or twice. The movie also lost steam considerably towards the end as you quickly figure out that the fun is totally one-sided and the jokes begin to wear thin.
Overall though it was good for a single viewing and contains some hilarious scenes that have to be seen to be believed. It does indeed poke fun at sacred cows of the left and for that I'd recommend it for someone who has even a mild interest in it.
p.s The closing song by Trace Adkins is simply the worst song I have ever heard. His rather pedestrian warbling doesn't help the song either. I think it loses a full star in rating just for making me listen to that crud in the movie's climax.
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Becky W. (kd2008) from SEATTLE, WA Reviewed on 12/2/2009...
Funny and informative. Great for fans of Leslie Neilson.
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Great Way to spend my night duty
D. Caillouet | Killeen, TX USA | 12/27/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Bought this dvd in our base PX on Xmas. I had watched this while doing night shift in the commo cell, and I couldn't stop cracking up. The homage to George Romero with Dennis Hopper (who played in Romero's "Land of the Dead") and General Patton fighting ACLU zombies was priceless. The performances of Robert Davi, Serdar Kalsin, and Geoffrey Arend as the terrorists, Aziz, Ahmed, and Mohammed were wonderfully rememnisant of the old World War II-era Three Stooges classics like "They Stooge To Conga" where the Stooges lampooned the Nazis just as Davi, Kalsin, and Arend lampoons the IslamoNazis. The University scene was all too true, especially with my experience in college dealing with faculty who were still stuck in the '60's. And finally, Trace Atkins' "Angel of Death" and the scene of Hollywood after the IslamoNazis take over was great. Aside from the comedy value, the scenes of alternate history that would have resulted if the advice of Micheal Moore and the liberals was followed, such as in the Civil war or World War II, can make one think.
Notable mentions is Kevin Farley's protrayal as Micheal Moore (Malone) as buffonish, arrogant, hardheaded, selfish, and inconsiderate were right on the mark given reports of Moore's arrogance in real life. Kelsey Grammer was great as General Patton and Jon Voight's protrayal of George Washington was really touching. Dennis Hopper was one good choice that made the George Romero homage scene work (Ken Forre would have been good too and Duane Jones would have been perfect but he's sadly deceased) and it was a good surprise to see regular tough-guy actor Robert Davi can do comedy as a modern day Moe. I don't expect liberals to like it as my dealings with them have shown me that they have no sense of humor whatsoever, but I highly recommend it. I think it would be best enjoyed with a showing of "Team America.""
This is going to be a conservative classic
Kurt D. Diekelman | Thornton,Illinois | 11/30/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I saw the premire of this movie while attending the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis. If you are a right leaning person, you will love this movie. While it didn't do very well at the box office, I believe that the DVD sales for it will be very good. Every conservative should own a copy for two reasons: 1)We need to support movies like this so Hollywood wont be scared to make conservative movies, and 2)The movie slays so many liberal sacred cows. This is a very politically incorrect movie. I had a great time watching it and I look forward to the DVD release.
UPDATE: I purchased the DVD from a Best Buy on the release date and it was almost sold out by 2 P.M. Great!"
A Wishful and Funny Carol
erika roberts | NYC, NY United States | 11/14/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Amazon review above is an excellent example of why this movie wasn't reviewed by the critics who all tend to be very left leaning. Simply, it would have been grossly panned by them. I liked the movie very much. As a matter of fact, the audience in the theatre was laughing hysterically throughout most of the movie. I had tears in my eyes from laughing too hard! Yes, it had a couple of slow moments, as every movie does. It is both entertaining and refreshing compared to the liberal mantra thats usually presented. Seeing a movie that leans to the right, and sends a few zings to the left was a real pleasure. And, a funny movie too!"
If you have a sense of humor, you'll love this movie!
Katy Lake | The People's Republic of New Jersey | 11/15/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"And if you don't have a sense of humor, you're probably a fanatical leftist, and this movie isn't for you, anyway.
I was absolutely dying to see "An American Carol," and for the politically incorrect conservative that I am, this movie was hysterical! But then, I loved Airplane and the Naked Gun movies, so this kind of ribald, broad satire (with corny jokes that can't help but make you laugh out loud) is right up my alley.
I wasn't the only one. The theatre I saw "Carol" in was about three-quarters full, and for most of the movie, the roar of laughter was constant from the first frame. Clearly there were no leftwing movie reviewers in that particular "Carol" showing!
Contrary to what the "official" Amazon reviewer, Sam Graham (who the hell is Sam Graham??) intoned, "Carol" is indeed a total hoot! It soothed every frayed nerve I had since 9/11, at least insofar as the loony left and their crazy, incessant tirades were concerned. Finally, some expert moviemakers were willing to take on the left's sacred cows, and mock on them in a savagely witty way with no holds barred.
Does "Carol" hit every mark? Oh, of course not, but then with any of Zucker's movies, the gags come so fast and furious that if one misses the mark, the next 10 more than make up for it. You can't sit in a movie this funny and not laugh your butt off!
My only fear with "Carol" is that Zucker won't delight us with any more movies in a similar leftie ox-goring vein. God knows there's a huge audience out there for funny movies, and skewering the left while you're at it just makes it all the more delicious.
I normally don't buy dvds unless I love the movie enough to see it again and again (and that includes the few serious notes in "Carol".) Only a select few movies make it into my dvd library, and "An American Carol" is going to be one of them.
All I can say is that if I'm willing to add a film to my dvd library, that's the highest praise possible from me!"
The Broad View with a Wide Smile
Gary Fisher | West Michigan, USA | 11/16/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If your view of America goes beyond the divisive politics of the past two decades, you'll love "An American Carol." You'll also laugh, and you may shed a tear or two.
David Zucker and the cast of the film clearly love America and the ideals upon which the country was founded and built. Using Charles Dickens' famous story as the conceptual framework, "An American Carol" similarly clears away the invented trappings of political extremism to reawaken the underlying theme of patriotism. Along the way, the viewer is shown how different the world and the country might have been had the defenders of freedom, from Washington to Kennedy, failed to act as they did.
Unlike previous Zucker films, "An American Carol" is much more than a continuous stream of jokes and sight gags, although there is certainly no lack of either. In "An American Carol," Zucker demonstrates a talent for pacing which sets the humor in a historic and political context which makes this much more than just a very funny film."