An American Carol
An American Carol is a movie by director David Zucker released on October 3, 2008. It is a rare comedy made in Hollywood by conservatives, for conservatives. It is a gag-filled lampoon of liberals about a cynical, Anti-American “Hollywood” documentary filmmaker leading a slapstick campaign to abolish the Fourth of July. It stars Kevin Farley, brother of the late Chris Farley, as a scruffy Michael Moore parody named Michael Malone. An American Carol mixes the narrative of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol with Fox News fodder. Many highly recognized Hollywood actors star in the film including Kelsey Grammer, Dennis Hopper, Jon Voight, Robert Davi, and Leslie Nielsen with Cameo appearances by Bill O'Reilly, James Woods and Paris Hilton.
Besides spoofing Michael Moore, An American Carol roasts jihadists, Rosie O'Donnell, college professors, Neville Chamberlain, Adolf Hitler, President Jimmy Carter, chanting protesters and the ACLU. Zucker co-wrote the film with Myrna Sokoloff and Lewis Friedman. Zucker directed the previous hit comedies Airplane!, The Naked Gun and Scary Movie 3 & 4.
Zucker’s sense of humor
In a scene which shows anti-war protesters chant, “Peace now. We don't care how!” as they carry signs that read:
- End Violence — War Is Not the Answer!
- End Disease — Medicine Is Not the Answer!
- It's Too Dark Outside — The Sun Is Not the Answer!
- Overpopulation — Gay Marriage Is the Answer!
Box Office performance
An American Carol was shown on 1,639 screens during its opening weekend and made $3.6 million, a disappointing return that did not match expectations.
As is common with movies that have a conservative view, the movie was given a 14% approval rating on rottentomatoes.com by selected movie critics with an average rating of 3.3 out of 10. Audiences, however, have a 75% approval rating, with an average rating of 7.3 out of 10. Such a strong difference between the critics and the movie going public is also common.