Am I The Only One …

… who thought An American Carol kind of sucked?  I mean, the politics of it might be compatible with what I believe, but it just wasn’t funny.  Airplane was funny, because it was a great send-up of the airline disaster flicks.  An American Carol was a send-up of Michael Moore.  But Michael Moore is a parody of himself.  If you parody a parody, is it funny?  I didn’t think so.

UPDATE: I will say though, it was funnier than Canadian Bacon, which was also a movie that just wasn’t funny, even though there were some very funny actors in it.

11 thoughts on “Am I The Only One …”

  1. I’ve so far only seen the first 10 minutes online, and it made me laugh. But I’m hoping it will be funny because Michael Moore doesn’t realize he’s a parody of himself; he think’s he’s a bringer of truth and common sense to the neanderthal country of American and leading us all to a better place.

    So far I’m looking forward to it. I hope I’m not as disappointed as you are, at the current price of attending movies.

  2. I have to agree that it wasn’t that great a movie, but I supported it on opening day as a political statement first, and as a movie second. My intention was that it do better than Bill Maher’s movie Religulous, which opened the same day. It did, coming in 7th and Maher’s pic 9th. So as a metaphor for the upcoming election, the Right won.

  3. Yeah, it wasn’t very good. I still liked it because I agree with it, and the ACLU lawyer scene was great, but not worth the time. I did it to vote with my dollars against Bill Maher.

  4. I largely agree. For the bulk of the movie I didn’t laugh at a lot of things the audience did laugh at. And given the low overall ticket sales its a safe bet that was a sympathetic audience, so it may have been the conservative answer to Jon Stewart’s liberal audience laughing at every political point. To be fair, humor with a moral to it is hard to pull off. I give them a B for effort.

    But I thought the opening scene, “Mohammed!,” and twenty guys pop up from behind rocks, etc. was hilarious. I wonder if that angle could have been a stand alone movie, no Michael Moore/Christmas Carol theme at all. The Airplane/Naked Gun of terrorist plots, with Mohammeds dropping like flies at every stage. Maybe they didn’t have enough material there, though.

  5. I thought the Catholic terrorist bit was pretty funny. But I just didn’t find myself laughing that much. There were a few other funny moments, but for the most part, if fell pretty flat for me.

    I agree about seeing it just to make a statement.

  6. The humor was overly broad, and the actors mostly phoned in their performances. The exception was Jon Voight as George Washington, who actually seemed to want to turn in a respectable performance. I haven’t read any blogger review of the movie that didn’t mention Voight and getting choked up over his brief scene.

  7. Yeah, I agree that the movie wasn’t good. It wasn’t really funny at all and the message presentation was too heavy-handed. It was also too “Yay Patriot Act!” for me. I can’t recommend it to anyone.

  8. Yeah, same for me. The ACLU does a lot of stupid shit, but they do a lot of good shit too. Preventing the government from turning the country into a frightened police state, where people can be searched at will is among the “good shit.”

  9. Gee, I thought it was hilarious! My cheeks were still sore an hour after the movie ended, because I was laughing so much. My wife and I were not only ones laughing in the theater. My review is here.

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