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YMMV / An American Carol

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  • Acceptable Targets
    • Most obviously, Michael Moore. The Expy of Michael in the film is depicted as pompous, selfish, rude, ignorant and hateful, commonly being used as a punching bag for the majority of the film. Michael Moore on Larry King Live actually responded to the film, joking that he hoped actor Viggo Mortensen was going to portray him. His wish for the film was that he hoped it was funny.
    • Liberals in general, specifically antiwar advocates and the American Civil Liberties Union.
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  • Anvilicious: To say that this movie is nothing but a far-right polemic would be an understatement. Many critics on both sides of the political spectrum felt that the hammering of the message got in the way of the jokes.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: The pro-war message does not exactly endear this movie towards those who do not agree with its politics, and the crude humor is a turn-off for many conservatives.
  • Critical Dissonance: Critics, both liberal and conservative, were not too kind to the film upon its release. However, the film has found somewhat of an audience and defenders in the conservative populace. There are also people without much of a voice in politics who simply found the film funny.
  • Ear Worm: "1968"
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop
    • All the great things in America's history comes from war, and if you're against it in any way, you're no better than Those Wacky Nazis or Bin Laden.
      • Though the intended message may have been more along the lines of, America opposes tyranny and oppression and isn't the source of them.
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    • Similarly, if you disagree with the Patriot Act or other measures, then you are spitting on the memory of innocent victims of terrorism (The Onion AV Club singled out this mindset as one of the movie's crimes when featuring it as one of their "Commentary Tracks of the Damned").
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The (imaginary) surrender ceremony on the USS Missouri.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The sequence where the attendees at Malone's rally endlessly parrot back everything he says became this when the Occupy movement started doing the exact same thing.
  • Narm / Narm Charm: Depending on whether you like the movie's style of humor.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Jon Voight as George Washington. Widely regarded as the high point of the film.
  • Poor Man's Substitute: Kevin Farley bears a very strong resemblance to his dearly departed brother Chris.
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  • Strawman Has a Point / Don't Shoot the Message: Even Michael Moore's fiercest critics were put off by this portrayal, noting that while many hate his methods and character, they have some level of respect for his views. In fact, much of Moore's criticism comes from people who agree with his core positions yet dislike the inaccuracies in his documentaries, including Nathan Rabin.note 
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: If one put together a list of actors one would expect to see play General George Patton, Kelsey Grammer most likely would be well down the list.


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