Reviewed by John Perrodin
An American Carol
"...this isn’t a Christian film. It’s a movie designed to let the world in on a big secret. Namely that Muslim extremists (and collaborators like Malone) haven’t given up trying to tear our country apart."
Like its namesake, “A Christmas Carol,” An American Carol uses ghostly visitations to change the heart of a wicked self-centered fool. But Ebeneezer Scrooge is a softie compared to Michael Malone, a leftist filmmaker whose motto could well be: The terrorist is always right. Mr. Malone touts the Cuban health care system in a hilarious but horrifying send-up of Michael Moore’s Sicko. His anti-American sentiments are clear.
The movie portrays terrorists as small-minded monsters, choosing to bomb the opposition into oblivion rather than allowing citizens to vote. Their gut-busting (literally) terrorist training video highlights the right – and wrong – way to be an effective suicide bomber. The audience laughs at this clip as well as the comment that “all the good suicide bombers are gone.”
Viewers get a dab of history as General Patton (Kelsey Grammer) takes Malone back in time to the mindless student protesters vocalizing against World War II. We also see how the great British appeaser, Neville Chamberlain, served as shoe-shine boy to Adolf Hitler and his cronies. Parallels to modern politics are sobering.
When Malone tries to speak to a group of college students he can’t get them to listen – or even think – because they’re so busy regurgitating meaningless slogans. And why is that? Filmmaker David Zucker reveals the radical roots of today’s college teachers in perhaps the most cutting and hysterical bit in the movie. If you don’t laugh, perhaps you should see a doctor – though not in Havana.
One of the most poignant scenes is when the military that Malone maligns steps in to save him from an angry crowd. Another moment is when Jon Voight (who portrays George Washington) reveals the ghastly reason for the dust on his famous pew in Old Christ Church.
Diehard Democrats will be offended by the views expressed in An American Carol. Others will wince at the slapstick injuries, swearing small children, and ACLU attorneys (portrayed as mindless zombies) riddled with bullets. There is also, unfortunately, an abundance of crudity, including cringe-worthy sexual and anatomical references. But this isn’t a Christian film. It’s a movie designed to let the world in on a big secret. Namely that Muslim extremists (and collaborators like Malone) haven’t given up trying to tear our country apart. And that September 11, 2001 and its continuing ripples will impact our lives – and security – forever.
One of the movie’s messages is that film is a powerful medium, for good or ill. Certainly, An American Carol, though clearly a comedy, deserves its PG-13 rating, but conservative parents should consider supporting a film that rebels against every fiber of the politically-correct Hollywood establishment. They’ll also find much to discuss with their older teens about the price of liberty.
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John Perrodin is the Senior Editor for the Christian Writers Guild. He co-authored the Renegade Spirit Trilogy with Jerry B. Jenkins. The latest release in that series is Seclusion Point (Thomas Nelson). His book, Simple Little Words: What You Say Can Change a Life, written with Michelle Cox, releases in April 2008 from David C. Cook. Please visit www.simplelittlewords.com to find out more about the book, and visit John's website www.johnperrodin.com to find out more about his writing.