Speaking of our troubled healthcare system… Netflix now allows Mac users to watch movies online, and this was one of my first choices. American Carol is the right-wing “comedy” designed as an attack on Michael Moore, here called “Michael Malone” and played by Chris Farley’s left-over brother, who gives a performance. Malone seeks to abolish July 4th, but ghosts of great Americans such as Patton (Kelsey Grammer!) and George Washington (Jon Voigt) show up to give him a schoolin’ in what it means to be a real American. Leslie Nielsen appears, sickly and bewildered-looking, to call him a “traitorous sack of shit.” Dennis Hopper plays a judge besieged by ACLU zombies, etc. The whole effect is rather like if Mussolini had produced an anti-FDR comedy, starring Fatty Arbuckle’s brother.
The story of Dennis Hopper seems to be: first he did a lot of drugs. Then he played a ruthless billionaire in Land of the Dead. Now he thinks he is a ruthless billionaire. Frankly, it’s a bit disappointing.