Hollywood comedy takes aim at liberals

Mon Sep 15, 2008 2:17am EDT
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By Paul Bond

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "An American Carol" is coming to a theater near you, whether you like it or not.

The zany comedy, which promises to offend Hollywood's liberal sensibilities, opens on 2,000 screens across the United States on October 3, just one month before the presidential election.

It's loosely based on "A Christmas Carol," only instead of Ebenezer Scrooge learning an appreciation for Christmas, a Michael Moore-type filmmaker who is visited by the ghosts of George Washington, George Patton and President Kennedy must learn to appreciate the USA.

The cast includes such right-leaning actors as Kelsey Grammer and Jon Voight, and the film was directed, co-written and produced by David Zucker, the filmmaker best known for a couple of "Scary Movie" sequels as well as "The Naked Gun."

"Carol" isn't the only politically charged film set for wide release before voters head to the polls November 4, but it's the only one making fun of Democrats. It will be followed two weeks later by Oliver Stone's left-leaning film "W.," a warts-and-all biographical look at President George W. Bush.

With the Republican base so fired up since candidate John McCain selected Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, the timing for "Carol" couldn't be better.

"This is one of the most unusual elections of our lives, and Palin has injected even more energy into it," said Zucker. "The more people talk about the election, the better our movie will do, and the better Oliver Stone's movie will do."

"Carol" is partially backed by nonpartisan group the Moving Picture Institute, which gave a grant to one of the film's writers, Myrna Sokoloff, to help the part-time schoolteacher finish her work on the script. It's the first wide release distributed by Vivendi Entertainment, which launched as a theatrical distribution company in March.   Continued...