I wanted to like this movie so much. It was billed as a conservative comedy, intelligently lampooning the pompous foibles of the left. It had an all-star cast. It was new and fresh and different, bucking the liberal Hollywood trend.
And it turned out to be one of the very worst movies I’ve ever seen.
My first clue should have been the movie’s first joke, where a Frisbee thrown at a family picnic hits a woman in the head, who then falls over. Really? This is a big screen-worthy joke? That’s not even worthy of America’s Funniest Home Videos.
The film, using for its template A Christmas Carol, takes a Michael Moore stand-in who hates the 4th of July and haunts him with spirits who show him how great America is and what patriotism really means. It’s a great idea and makes this movie’s total failure even more discouraging.
An American Carol comes to us from the minds who made the classic Airplane!, still one of the funniest movies ever made. Sadly, only a little of that screwball silliness makes it in here, and where it does, it’s off-cue, obvious, and inappropriate to the mood of the rest of the film. Example: Continue reading