An American Carol

Movie review by James Rocchi, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Right-wing political comedy just isn't funny.

PG-13 2008 83 minutes

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age 14+

Based on 5 reviews

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age 11+

Based on 3 reviews

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One of the funniest movies we've ever seen as a family! 💥

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age 17+

Conservative propaganda "comedy" that suggests that belief in any ideology other than the Republican party is un-American.

An American Carol is a failed attempt at Conservative comedy, and carries all the hallmark traits of Right-Wing propaganda. The entire, endlessly repeated message of the film is that humanistic "liberal" people are just wrong about everything and they're ruining the decent god-fearing, gun-loving "conservative" values that America supposedly built upon. This film has only one purpose, which is propaganda. Politically naive children and teens (and probably adults) should be steered away from this film at all costs, because it portrays wildly inaccurate depictions of people on both ends of the American political ideological spectrum, as well as alluding that African-Americans were better off as slaves and an overall skewed version of America's history. I can't even recommend this film as an example of well-made propaganda (like many of the terrific short films of the 1950s). The filmmaking, acting and storytelling is all sub-par, and the Zucker Brothers (who made such comedy masterpieces as Airplane! Top Secret! and Police Squad!/Naked Gun) should be ashamed of themselves for what I hope was just a quick paycheck (as opposed to having these reprehensible beliefs themselves).

Movie Details

  • In theaters: October 3, 2008
  • On DVD or streaming: December 29, 2008
  • Cast: Jon Voight, Kelsey Grammer, Kevin Farley
  • Director: David Zucker
  • Studio: Vivendi
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 83 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: rude and irreverent content, and for language and brief drug material.
  • Last updated: December 7, 2022

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