Movies: “American Carol”

February 19, 2009


Yes, that's Jon Voigt on the left. Fraid so.

Yes, that's Jon Voigt on the left. Fraid so.

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.


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