There is no doubt that the timeless story of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” has been rewritten and rehashed dozens of times over throughout the years. But what if Dickens was a subscriber to Rush Limbaugh’s newsletter and had a penchant for Leslie Nielson films.  Surely you remember Airplane and The Naked Gun, and yes I will stop calling you Shirley.

“An American Carol” is just that.  Directed and written by David Zucker (half of the Zucker Brothers that brought us those great films mentioned above) Carol takes shots at the Hollywood establishment and for 90% of Americans, it’s good to see them get theirs.

Carol also boasts an all-star cast.  Well mostly, Kevin Farley (Chris Farley’s brother) stars in the film as Michael Malone; a parody of activist filmmaker and otherwise general nut job Michael Moore. Moore, fresh off of trying to promote a healthcare documentary in Cuba, where he forgets to look at the wider downside of socialized medicine, returns to the US looking for his next big project: protesting the Fourth of July.  While falling asleep to video of his hero JFK giving his inaugural address President Kennedy reminds Malone that he was in support of a strong military. 

As is to be expected in Dickens parody stories, Malone is visited by spirits who show him what America would be like had none of the wars we fought ever been started. He is led in this journey by the sprit of General George S. Patton (Kelsey Grammer).  This is where the bulk of the attacks on the left happen including the depiction of ACLU lawyers as zombies and a musical number in which college professors are exposed for being leftovers from the hippy movement.

While most of this may sound like over-produced segments from Glenn Beck’s TV show, the movie never looses its focus that it is a comedy first and a political film second. And with its focus on only one aspect of the left’s attack on what should be considered common sense.

 Farley does an impeccable job of mostly just looking like Michael Moore. And the all-star cast of also includes, Trace Adkins, Dennis Hopper, James Woods and Jon Voit as George Washington. If you never see any of these people working in Hollywood again, it will likely be because of this movie.   It is sad that our entertainment industry has become so portioned that a film like this is has to be released under the radar of the mainstream media.  But at least it did get out. And if one does get out, with any luck we will have more of this in the future.

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