Sam Emerson
Lisa Schwarzbaum
October 10, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

An American Carol

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
88 minutes
Wide Release Date
10/03/08
performer
Kevin P. Farley, Kelsey Grammer, Jon Voight
director
David Zucker
distributor
Vivendi Universal
author
Myrna Sokoloff, David Zucker
genre
Comedy

We gave it a C

Gag-loving farceur David Zucker (Airplane!) flings grenades and rubber chickens in An American Carol, a loony attack on wacko liberalism and a ding-dong defense of wacko conservatism. Only you can decide whether you’re in the mood to wade through the smear of stink jokes and political ravings. Zucker uses A Christmas Carol as a structure and the persona of baseball-capped filmmaker Michael Moore (Kevin Farley) as a Scrooge in need of political re-education (and deodorant); George S. Patton (Kelsey Grammer) helps him see the patriotic light. For veritas, Bill O’Reilly plays…a right-wing blowhard. C

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