Saturday, October 4, 2008
An American Carol
Went to the movies today. Saw An American Carol. And it's indeed a comedy for Americans. Liberals wouldn't like it one bit. I've enjoyed many of David Zucker's movies: Kentucky Fried Movie, Airplane!, Top Secret!, The Naked Gun franchise ... you know, silly, silly movies that are laugh-out-loud funny. And, An American Carol is that: laugh-out-loud funny. But, certain parts were not funny. Oh, they'd have been funny, say, 10-15 years ago. Before the scenes went from funny to true. By that, I mean, yes, some parts would have been funny ... if they weren't true. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the movie. And, yes, I laughed out loud. But, when they'd have one of the characters do or say something totally off the wall, I'd sometimes recognize it as ... well, not satire, but truth. That's because some of the targets weren't being spoofed, but accurately portrayed. Oh, they said stupid, silly stuff; the thing is, the people that were being spoofed actually believe that stupid, silly stuff. An example? Sure. Rosie O'Connell (a parody of Rosie O'Donnell) quoted the actual Rosie O'Donnell regarding fire and steel and the World Trade Center. That would have been laughable if it had been a comedy line. Instead, it's the kind of nonsense that O'Donnell and her left-wing wackos believe. In other words, it would have been funny, except it was true. And it happens a lot in the movie. I could be here all day telling about it. But I won't. But it just goes to show you how far off kilter some crazies in this country are. You can no longer make fun of them because nothing said in jest can be as outrageous as the way they really are. But, back to the movie. I enjoyed it. A lot. It had a lot of the really bad humor, but "good" bad humor. You know. Like other Zucker films. And it had one scene ... Jon Voight as Gen. George Washington is a short, but very powerful, scene. Went back to the comedy right after that, with Trace Adkins as "The Angel of Freakin' Death" to lighten the tone again. Bill O'Reilly had a couple of good lines. And I was surprised to see Paris Hilton playing, well, Paris Hilton, in a movie where she doesn't suck. The movie was, as you can tell, uneven at times, but the most important thing about any movie is the question, "Did you enjoy it?" I did.