Sep 17, 2008

Wha, wha, what!

There's a film coming out in a few weeks that I just saw a trailer for last night. It's called An American Carol, and its a satire on the American far left (politically, that is) written and directed by David Zucker. The guy that brought us Airplane!

The focus of the film appears to be a Michael Moore-ish character played by Chris Farley's baby brother, Kevin. I've only seen him in commercials so far, but he really sounds just like his brother. Anyway, it seems that this guy is so anti-American (like all liberals, get it?) that he wants to abolish Independence Day as a holiday. So he gets visited by 3 ghosts from America's past to help him get past his anti-American ways.

Here is the trailer, officially approved by Bill O'Reilly, if you care:



I really don't care about this movie one way or another. There is just as much to make fun of on the left as there is on the right. I don't mind anyone being lampooned as long as its funny. But from the look of that trailer, it doesn't look like it brings the funny. I'd be willing to sit through it on cable eventually, if only because of Zucker's pedigree. But, man does this look awful!

It will play for its target audience, I guess. But I can't recall a Hollywood satire aimed at either the right or the left being released this close to a Presidential election before. Help me out here. Can anyone think of one?

I'd be interested in seeing a real scathing political comedy that makes fun of both sides of the political debate in an intelligent and humorous way. Not just silly George Bush, Sarah Palin, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama impersonations. That's what SNL is for. Feh.

Anyway, what got me to post about this film was the supporting cast. James Woods, Jon Voight and Dennis Hopper all make appearances. There are 8 Oscar nominations between those three dudes right there. Some major acting muscle. And they are appearing in this? Wow! I know Hollywood doesn't seem to be knocking down there doors for meaty roles lately, but really?

They should have called this movie what it really is.

Paycheck.

20 comments:

Avitable said...

It said Rosie O'Connell?

B.E. Earl said...

Avi - Yeah...that was funny, right? She is Vicki Browne and I guess she looks like Rosie O'Donnell.

Qelqoth said...

The last "decent" satirical movie to come out of Hollywood was Team America: World Police and even that blew chunks compared to Dr. Strangelove.

It'll be a long, long time before we get anything of that ilk on the big screen. Drones are in charge and unfortunately, their needs are paramount.

On a side note, I fucking love Red Meat. Can't get enough of the stuff. Does Milkman Dan frequent this blogosphere of yours?

Never Mind The Bollix said...

If James Woods is in it then it'll be worth viewing. His name guarantee's laughter, shagging, violence, and some good old fashioned one liners.

downtown guy said...

All reports so far call it pretty dismal. I don't know why, but right wing stuff is just very seldom funny. It's got pretty much every avowed Hollywood conservative in it, though. When it tanks, watch for claims of sabotage by the "liberal media".

B.E. Earl said...

Qelqoth - ah, my house for anything half as funny as Dr. Strangelove! And you are right...Milkman Dan should have a blog of his own. Hmmm.

NMTB - yeah, but his face is starting to look like its melting off of his skull. Not that he looks bad that way.

DG - of course. Of course.

Wil said...

"Paycheck, this time it's for real..." Sorry, I couldn't resist. I am a big fan of the late, great Don LaFontaine. I was wondering if the younger Farley was ever gonna get a shot, I guess this is make or break, he's been around long enough.

The Trailer Of Love

B.E. Earl said...

Wil - "In a world, where past-their-prime actors are paid ludicrous sums of money to act in bad films..."

mikeb302000 said...

It looked pretty funny to me. But, are you thinking its release being so close to the election would have some influence on the outcome?

B.E. Earl said...

MikeB - Nah...I don't thinks so. I was just curious if it had been done before around this time of the year. If THIS affects the outcome of the race...

Heff said...

Surely Airplane! will NEVER be topped. I know - Don't call you Shirley.

Slyde said...

i cant see this crap while here at work... i'll have to watch it when i get home, but i must say ive never heard of this movie at all.

p.s. im not a big fan of either james woods OR dennis hopper..

pure evyl said...

The trailer had it's moments. The bit about the suicide bomber was funny. It has to be a tough sell recruiting those guys.

B.E. Earl said...

Heff - Dammit! Should have worked that into my post.

Slyde - I've only seen commercials in the last couple of days.

Evyl - I hate to admit it, but the Bill O'Reilly cameo gave me a chuckle.

Qelqoth said...

Well until Milkman Dan stops pestering Karen and gets himself a blog, I'll just hang out here. You're kerrazy enough anyhow. :)

lotus07 said...

This really confused me for a minute at the end, since "Paycheck" is an actual movie starring Ben Affleck. Then I realized that it was satire on the money making ways of the actors. I need more coffee this morning.

B.E. Earl said...

Lotus - Yeah, that was a pretty bad John Woo/Ben Affleck offering. Blech!

kiki said...

just what the world needs. another truly un-funny movie.

i don't think americans truly understand 'satire'. if they did, their satirical jokes would be so much funnier.

Poppy said...

lotus07 beat me to the Paycheck punchline.

Ben Affleck is just phoning it in for that movie.

B.E. Earl said...

Kiki - oh we understand it, we just never get to see it.

Poppy - so was everyone else involved.