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DVD Review: An American Carol

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Slap-stick humor and racially-charged jokes suck and succeed in An American Carol, the latest release from Airplane! director and cult classic veteran, David Zucker. The film boasts overtly conservative arguments as it blasts acclaimed documentarian, Michael Malone (Kevin P. Farley, a dead ringer for Michael Moore), for his out-and-proud, anti-American values. Society, it seems, disgusts Malone, and he embarks on a mission sparked by true, patriotic ambition: boycotting the Fourth of July--forever!

However, fate intervenes when Aziz (Robert Davi) and Ahmed (Serdar Kalsin), members of an Al-Qeada training camp in the Middle East, lose one-too-many of their "good" suicide bombers to you guessed it, suicide bombs. Faced with a lack of recruits and thus, unable to wreak havoc on the innocent, they set-out to find Malone who they hope will provide them with a following of anti-Westerners and more importantly, grant them access to the massive anti-Fourth of July rally in America, the perfect setting for a terrorist attack. The fact that they are unsuccessful in their efforts is no matter, as the plot takes an unexpected, red herring-like turn. The plight of the suicide bombers is unexpectedly replaced by a crazy, roller coaster storyline centered around Malone's delusional fantasies, a la Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.