An American Carol

Rated 2.0

A slovenly America-hating documentary filmmaker (Kevin Farley) is visited by three spirits—John F. Kennedy (Chriss Anglin), Gen. George S. Patton (Kelsey Grammer) and George Washington (Jon Voight)—who do tag-team duty to teach him the true meaning of the Spirit of Patriotism. Written by Myrna Sokoloff, Lewis Friedman and director David Zucker, the movie pokes irreverent fun at all the usual targets on the Hollywood Left (any resemblance to any of whom, we are assured, is purely coincidental), and if you can check your political correctness at the door, Zucker and company manage to raise some decent laughs—along with a number of fluffs, duds and misfires. It’s better than the Date Movie/Epic Movie drivel, but too unfocused and ill-disciplined to work either as Dickens pastiche or as political satire.