David Zucker's An American Carol - More Than Just Satire?
From Airplane! in 1980 to the recent release of Tropic Thunder, satirical comedies done right can entertain the best of us. While not every movie he makes is a crowd pleaser, David Zucker is the king of satire. Almost all of his films have been of satirical nature. His work unfortunately paved the way for such disastrously bad movies like Date Movie, Epic Movie, and Meet the Spartans. Even Zucker's last two films, Scary Movie 3 and 4 are considered by many to be sub-par at best. Enter An American Carol, Zucker's latest satirical creation. Starring Kevin Farley (the brother of the late Chris Farley), this film is an open mockery of filmmaker Michael Moore, with Farley's character named Michael Malone. The trailer portrays Malone as America's Scrooge with a goal to get rid of the Fourth of July.
When I first saw the trailer for this film, I wasn't sure what to think. Is it a mockumentary? Is it meant to be a straight satirical comedy? One thing is for sure, when I watched this trailer for the first time, I thought it looked bad. The acting looks sub-par and the sight gags look like the same-old from Zucker and company. I have always thought that Michael Moore made interesting documentaries, and from a film standpoint, they are somewhat thought provoking. However, Zucker is obviously trying to bring out and expose what he believes is Moore's "crazy anti-American" side. I hope that this is done tastefully and respectfully, so that maybe even Moore himself can get a laugh or two. All-in-all, this film looks poised for box office disaster.
Something about the movie, however, makes me want to perhaps see it from another perspective. I keep wondering if it is in fact coincidence that the release date for this film is scheduled for October 3rd, which is exactly one month and one day prior to the presidential election. Some might still say that this film was made only to bash the American left. What if the goal and purpose of this film is to promote pro-American patriotism directly before the election? What if the film's intent is to try and make people believe again in the ideal America, land of the free and home of the brave (while of course still poking fun at Michael Moore). I know this "deep thought" is a very far stretch from what seems like a very skin deep comedy, but I am just hoping that there is something more in this film than meets the eye.
Watch the trailer for An American Carol below:
An American Carol is both co-written and directed David Zucker, of Airplane!, Naked Gun, BASEketball, and Scary Movie 3 and 4 previously. The script was co-written by Zucker, Lewis Friedman, and Myrna Sokoloff. Vivendi Entertainment is releasing An American Carol on October 3rd.
Is there something more here than we are seeing? Is Michael Moore a good target for a comedy? Will you be watching An American Carol in your local theater on October 3rd?