David Zucker, director and co-director of many comedy classics, has a new film hitting theaters October 3. It’s a seemingly conservative comedy called An American Carol, and it looks like a train wreck. I don’t mean that as any sort of political statement, I just mean it looks terribly unfunny. Zucker made comedy gold with Airplane!, Top Secret!, Ruthless People, BASEketball, and the Naked Gun series. For some reason, in the last few years, he’s had trouble hitting that mark (Scary Movie 3 and Scary Movie 4 among his recent contributions). An American Carol is supposed to be a “spoof of the far left” but, apparently, also some “far right” propaganda. It’s a right-wing spin on A Christmas Carol, where a super-liberal documentarian named Michael Malone (hint hint) is visited by three ghosts to teach him the values of… what, I’m not sure. I don’t know if they’re teaching him to be patriotic or ultra-conservative, and I do believe there’s a difference. Check out the trailer, which premiered (of course) on Bill O’Reilly’s show:
Here’s the thing: despite being a hackneyed premise, the cast also features famously conservative entertainers such as Jon Voight, Kelsey Grammer, and country musician Trace Adkins, as the three “ghosts.” So, what are they trying to say? And who is the audience? And, when did Zucker (who made his career on counter-culture comedy) become such a right-winger? Turns out, he’s been making spoofs of the Democrats for a few years. I did a little digging and found these 2006 political ads (timed for the Congressional elections), directed by Zucker:
Wow. Isn’t this an example of parody sabotaging itself?