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SWE3tMadness' Review of "An American Carol" (NVGR)

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Let me preface this review by saying that yes, I am a conservative, and yes, I'm sick of Michael Moore documentaries and the general elitist attitude Hollywood has towards the USA.

That being said, this still isn't a great movie.

in case you haven't heard, An American Carol is the brainchild of David Zucker, and is supposed to be a modern day retelling of A Christmas Carol. Only this time, Scrooge is replaced by Michael Malone, a fat, lazy, slob of a director, whose anti-american documentaries are constantly upstaged by his feature-film director counterparts. In his desperation, he inadvertantly helps a trio of hapless terrorists who are planning on blowing up a benefit concert on Independence Day.

I was never expecting a deep political satire to begin with, it is directed by one of the comedic minds behind Airplane! after all, but I was expecting it to be funny. And it is in many places, but with such shallow, sophomoric gags and lines as to make Tropic Thunder look brilliant. This is political incorrectness at its most extreme, and many of the laughs are derived at the expense of Malone, the terrorists, and various other kooks that are encountered throughout the meandering plot.


"This beard makes you look like a terrorist! Which is funny and ironic because you actually are a terrorist, but I don't know that yet! Comedy!"

Some of the shots taken at the far-left are actually pretty humorous (in my opinion, at least). The interview with Rosie O'Connell was spot on her spouting lunacy that made even the main character cringe. ("Because everyone knows that 911 was the first time fire ever melted steel!")

But the one part of the movie that consistently made me laugh was Kelsey Grammar as General George S. Patton.


Is he worth my eight bucks though?


Speaking of Kelsey Grammar, there was a lot of stunt casting in this movie. Everyone from Paris Hilton to Bill O'Reily makes an appearance. Leslie Nielsen, Dennis Hopper, and Jon Voight play important roles, along with....Trace Adkins? Seriously? You couldn't find any other famous conservative musicians that actually play...y'know, good music?


"What the fuck do you mean 'We couldn't get Ted Nugent'?!"

So, overall, if you think South Park, Airplane!, and The Naked Gun are all hilarious, chances are you'll laugh at this too. But those actually expecting a more complex political satire should stay far away.

I give it a 6 out of 10. Still funny, but if you aren't conservative to begin with, this movie isn't likely to convince you to change anytime soon.
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About SWE3tMadnessone of us since 6:04 PM on 01.10.2008

-About Me-

A recent graduate in Biology, neverless my first love in entertainment and media has always been video games, even though I don't get a lot of time to play recent ones now. I still enjoy following the industry and gushing about the latest Nintendo releases.

A Critical Ear: Analyzing Music in Video Games

If there's one thing that I like more than talking about video games, it's talking about music in video games. As a classically trained pianist that has been playing for more than twelve years, I take a look at some of my favorite soundtracks and how they contribute to the gaming experience as a whole.

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