American Dreamz 2006 PG-13 CC

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The new season of "American Dreamz," the wildly popular television singing contest, has captured the country's attention, as the competition looks to be between a young Midwestern gal (Moore) and a showtunes-loving young man from Orange County (Golzari). Recently awakened President Staton (Quaid) even wants in on the craze, as he signs up for the potential explosive season finale.

Starring:
Hugh Grant, Dennis Quaid
Runtime:
1 hour 48 minutes

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Genres Music, Comedy
Director Paul Weitz
Starring Hugh Grant, Dennis Quaid
Supporting actors Mandy Moore, Willem Dafoe, Chris Klein, Jennifer Coolidge, Sam Golzari, Marcia Gay Harden, Seth Meyers, John Cho, Judy Greer, Bernard White, Tony Yalda, Noureen DeWulf, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Jay Harik, Adam Busch, Haaz Sleiman, Nick Schutt, Lisa K. Wyatt
Studio NBC Universal
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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The acting is well done.
Philip Schroeder
This is barely a spiffy spoof on American culture and politics that might be all too close to a current TV show called "American Idol."
Edwin C. Pauzer
This isn't to say it is a particularly bad movie, it just has some serious problems with it.
Travis Starnes

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66 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Edwin C. Pauzer VINE VOICE on June 9, 2008
Format: DVD
This is barely a spiffy spoof on American culture and politics that might be all too close to a current TV show called "American Idol." Hugh Grant is a producer of the wildly successful "American Dreamz." He is professionally engaging and personally shallow, self-centered, and sleazy.

On the other side of the globe is an uncoordinated, two-left-footed terrorist in training whose mother was killed by an American bomb. Unfortunately, he loves American show tunes, and is caught by the silhouette of the light in his tent, dancing to one of them. His commanders decide that he will never be of any use, and order him to go to America as a sleeper agent. He is to take up residence with his aunt, uncle and two cousins. They plan on letting him sleep for a long time.

Then there is the President of the United States, played by Steven Quaid. He is a bone-headed, numbskull who gets everything he is supposed to say from his chief of staff, played by Willem Defoe. One morning he has the revelation that everything is not just black and white, and he goes on a reading frenzy beginning with the NY Times. He stays in the residence for weeks, just reading.

Mandy Moore is a blond, blue-eyed Karaoke singer from Anywhere, Ohio, and she definitely wants to become an American Dreamz Princess. She jilts her boyfriend as she finds out that she is selected for the show. The jilted beau decides to join the army where he is given only two weeks training before he finds himself in Iraq, where he gets shot in his tattooed arm that bears the name of his ex-girlfriend. He returns home to express his undying devotion to her.

(If you need to take a break from reading this review, I will understand).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mike Zimmerman on November 25, 2006
Format: Theatrical Release
President Joseph Staton (Dennis Quaid) sees the world as a fairly black-and-white place, but a glance at the daily headlines on the eve of his reelection leaves the most powerful man in the free world shaken to the very core. Upon reading this, Staton locks himself in his bedroom boning up on information, which causes concern for his chief of staff (Willem Dafoe) and first lady/wife (Marcia Gay Harden). Eventually, Staton finds himself booked on his favorite show, "American Dreams", hosted by the cynical Martin Tweed (Hugh Grant). The event is in favor of two contestants, Sally Kendoo (Many Moore) and Omer (Sam Golzari). But one of them has a dark secret that will ensure a season finale no one will soon forget.

With "American Dreams," Paul Weitz is finding himself in a new direction. Known for movies about getting past first base ("American Pie"), childish adults who want kids ("About a Boy"), and wounded egos in the workplace ("In Good Company"), the director is now moving into satirical comedy. Sure, we've been down this road before (on "SNL" and "MadTV"), but with a potent comedy agenda and good talent involved, "American Dreamz" manages to entertain.

Recently, critics are after this movie because of some poor satirical targets, such as "American Idol" and the fact that our president is a boob. Agreed, because we had "MadTV," "South Park," "Saturday Night Live," and a dozen other shows that have tackled these subjects. Of course, it doesn't help matters if you have overexposed "SNL" celeb Seth Meyers in your cast (though he does bring up a funny Britney Spears reference). And the movie takes a downfall when it reaches dramatic portions, such as terrorists forcing Omer to blow himself and the president up.

Weitz does get help from his cast.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Butts HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 24, 2006
Format: DVD
An impressive ensemble cast and sharp satirical understanding makes AMERICAN DREAMZ a lot more entertaining than I had expected. It manages to spoof of all things, terrorism, the American Idol craze, and political manipulation, and of course personal relationships.

Hugh Grant is perfect as the self centered egotistical host and producer of TV's most popular show, "American Dreamz." Grant has this kind of snootiness down to an art and he's quite effective. A surprisingly competent performance from teen star Msndy Moore as the coquettish but talented singer who will do anything to win the grand prize; Dennis Quaid is marvelous as the disillusioned president whose PR director (Willem Defoe looking a lot like Henry Fonda) tries to raise the president's popularity by making him the guest host for the show's finals; Sam Golari is very good as the planted terrorist whose success as the show's "novelty"(i.e., untalented) singer/dancer is perfect for the mission to kill the president on live T.V.; Chris Klein is Moore's lovestruck boyfriend whose war injury helps improve Moore's chances of winning, and whose final act is ironically appropriate. Jennifer Coolidge and Marcia Gay Harden are good as Moore's mother and Quaid's first lady respectively.

The expose of the innate idiocy of shows like AMERICAN IDOL is right on target and its twist ending also fitting. A good satire for our times.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael T. Caughey on April 30, 2006
Format: Theatrical Release
Perhaps one of the worst movies ever made. For a comedy, I only laughed perhaps twice in two hours. I thought it would be a funny send up of American Idol. It wasn't. But it was painfully slow, dull, and boring, and perhaps that's why a week after it opened there were only 10 people in the entire theatre besides the three of us. Dennis Quaid wasn't funny, Hugh Grant wasn't funny, and really I wish I had left and asked for a refund. It's amazing how a movie like that can make it to the screen. I would have done better to watch Dave again with Kevin Kleine. This movie was an American travesty from start to finish!
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