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Author Topic: Movie Review: An American Carol  (Read 12732 times)
King Chester
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« on: October 05, 2008, 06:59:18 PM »

RATING SCALE:
0 = A Waste of Film and Money.
1 = Worth renting for home viewing four to six months from release date.
2 = Worth the price of a Matinee ticket.
3 = Worth seeing at regular evening price.
4 = Worth adding to your video collection.
5 = See it more than once at the theater AND get the video.

On a scale of ZERO to FIVE, "An American Carol" rates a solid THREE, in OUR humble opinion.

The film is largely based on Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol", but also borrows from Frank Capra's films, "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington".  Mix in humor of the spoof-master Producer David Zucker ("Airplane" (1 and 2), "The Naked Gun" series and "Scarey Movie" series) and you have a serious comedy.

Kevin Farley plays Michael Malone, a character seemingly obviously modeled (oh, those silly legal disclamers at the end of movies) after film celebrity Michael Moore.  Kelsey Grammer portrays the ghost of Gen. George S. Patton, with both verve and sympathy.  Those are the two principal leading roles.  Robert Davi is SCAREY as the terrorist, Aziz. 
Jon Voight movingly portrays the ghost of George Washington.

Because of the serious specter of international terrorism, it is sometimes hard for a patriotic conservative American to laugh at the obvious humor in the movie.  This movie is not recommended for serious political liberals, unless they can laugh at themselves.
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Kadoshim
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« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2008, 01:07:55 PM »

I was not familiar with this film. Thank you for the recommendation.
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