Movie Review: An American Carol by Jenny Hatch

My two sons and I were at the opening night showing of An American Carol on friday night. We went to the 7PM show and really enjoyed finally seeing the movie. The boys, aged twelve and fourteen laughed the whole way through and I just about wet my pants I was laughing so hard.
On monday my oldest daughter, aged nineteen, expressed a desire to see the movie, so all four of us went to the five o’clock showing. The theatre was not as full as friday night but there were still dozens of people there to watch the movie, including a couple from our local church congregation. Since our Mormon friends tend to lean left here in Boulder County, it was nice to see some fellow saints at a conservative movie.
A Couple of things I have noticed:
1. The majority of those attending were over age 40 and many looked like they were senior citizens. At both showings my teens were the only people attending under the age of 30. The audience clapped both times after each showing, and all seemed highly entertained.
2. I have to juxtapose the age issue with the viewing of Fahrenheit 9-11 that I attended while it was still in theatres back in 2004. I attended a nine pm viewing of that movie and it was mostly college aged students who made up the audience (And there were only a handful of people at the show). The various older adults seemed like curious conservatives, like me, who had come to view it just to see what all the fuss was about.
3. For me the highlinght of this movie coming out has been the many political conversations I have had with my four older children, the highlight of which took place in a small restaurant in downtown Louisville on monday night after the movie. My three children and I had a wonderful chat about the political messages of An American Carol. They asked me many questions and we were able to have a truly heartfelt conversation. I have to thank David Zucker for that. The political conversation NEVER would have happened had we not taken the time and spent the money to see the movie and then go out afterwards.
I would highly recomend any American over the age of twelve go see this movie. Go see it with your children and take them out for Ice Cream afterwards and ask them what they thought. The whole sale brainwashing our children are getting in school these days needs to be countered with some serious, focused, countering by the adults who care about Freedom.
My favorite scenes from the movie include the production number 1968 (Which happens to be the year I was born) – the song that spoofs liberal professors and higher education. Also the scene where Malone is shown Detroit (my home town) after a nuclear explosion. I loved all of the physical humor, as well as the timing of how the story played out. (I played a character role in Scrooge, The Musical when I was a sophemore in high school).
I found myself tearing up at the end when the audience at the concert was panned and Malone noticed soldiers from all of the previous American Wars in the crowd. It was an unexpected burst of emotion after laughing so much. I have had direct line ancestors fight in every conflict since the American Revolution, and it just made me think of them and all of the sacrifices made for our Freedom.
Thanks to all of the actors, producers, and most especially to David Zucker for making a great movie. It will go in our family library when it comes out on DVD.
Jenny Hatch
Red Square at the Peoples Cube has written a policy level analysis of the Movie, its reviews and what this portends for the future.
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Click on the image to get to the American Thinker Version of this review

“Brian Orndorf, whose film reviews appear on prestigious movie websites, calls American Carol a “lousy, hopeless movie, easily one of the worst films of the year” that “reinforces how needlessly divisive our country has become.” But if the cultural division is so sizable that both groups can’t even understand each other’s jokes, isn’t it best to acknowledge this fact and act accordingly instead of continuing to pretend and live in denial?

And what’s with this “needlessly”? Aren’t we supposed to “celebrate our differences”? What happened to the liberal doctrine of diversity? Or are there different kinds of differences and some differences are more different than others? Should we only celebrate those differences that conform to the party line and obfuscate those that are perpendicular to it? And isn’t the latter closer to the actual meaning of “being diverse”?

The party line on this subject is clear: beat conservatives into pulp and if they resist accuse them of being “needlessly divisive.” Anything less would legitimize conservatism and make it an equal partner in the cultural narrative. Because if the liberal narrative monopoly is shattered, down will go the “mainstream” cover of the liberal media, exposing decades of deception and hidden skeletons. Once you realize how high the stakes are, the sadistic critical beating of American Carol no longer looks like an overreaction. In the words of Karl Marx it was “historically inevitable.”

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