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Will Ferrell: You're Welcome, America - A Final Night with George W. Bush (2009)

Will Ferrell , Marty Callner  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Will Ferrell
  • Directors: Marty Callner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: November 3, 2009
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001VEJK6Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,093 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Will Ferrell: You're Welcome, America - A Final Night with George W. Bush" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Road to Broadway
  • Bush on Bush interview
  • It's Time Has Come of Being a Decider, America: True/false game
  • Digital copy (compatible with Windows Media and iTunes; download code expires 11/3/2010

Editorial Reviews

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When Will Ferrell was struggling to break out on Saturday Night Live, the election of George W. Bush came as a gift from God. The new President gave him a character with a greater reach than one of those head-bobbing Roxbury guys--so it's only just that Ferrell, now a marquee-topping movie star, should cap off the Bush years with this final homage. You're Welcome America. A Final Night with George W. Bush is not so much a political satire as a fever dream, a hallucinatory exorcism. Ferrell paints Bush as an arrested adolescent, simultaneously self-absorbed yet without a hint of self-reflection, but beyond that there's not much commentary on the actions or collective psyche of the Bush administration (though some of the most startling gags turn out to be true). Instead, Ferrell spins out 90 minutes of faux-personal anecdotes that blur into crass surrealism: Dreaming of a cabin getaway with another man that includes a description of a "Western-grip" version of a certain sexual act; gaping at a muscular Barbara Bush rescuing all the Bush men from a collapsed mine shaft; performing robotic dance moves with Condoleeza Rice; demanding a squadron of wild monkeys be trained for combat; and imitating, obsessively, a Castillian lisp. It is a very strange performance, captured live at Broadway theater and later broadcast on HBO. Ten years from now, audiences may stare, perplexed and hypnotized, at this show, unable to comprehend what it's about--which may be entirely the point. --Bret Fetzer

Product Description

In his first-ever HBO special, superstar comedian/actor Will Ferrell takes viewers on a sentimental journey through the life, legend, and legacy of the 43rd U.S President, portraying George W. Bush in this live performance from Broadway’s Cort Theater. Features:
- Road to Broadway
- Bush on Bush interview
- It's Time Has Come of Being a Decider, America: True/false game
- Digital copy

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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! March 31, 2009
Format:DVD
The DVD isn't out yet, so I don't know what that will be like, but the program itself is hysterical. I think I've watched it on HBO 6 or 7 times and it still cracks me up. Even a bare bones DVD with no extras would be well worth getting, so there is really nowhere to go but up.
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30 of 42 people found the following review helpful
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Reading a couple of bad reviews on this performance, "Will Ferrell: You're Welcome, America. A Final Night with George W. Bush", has me baffled. Most folks in this world love most of Will Ferrell's hilarious wit and comedy range. Obviously these other negative reviewers don't have witty & intelligent senses of humor. Even if you don't follow politics, and whatever party you're in or not in if you do, this is HILARIOUS from beginning to end! Just like going to see a live play, they take quick entermissions to change set pieces and "W"s wardrobe. It is injected with adult content & language as Ferrell nails "W" perfectly. He tells farcical little "W" life details & stories that will have you crying with laughter! I watched this like 6 times when I had HBO. Ignore any bad reviews on here, those folks are retarded. You must at least rent this when it comes out, you won't be disappointed! It's another masterpiece from Will Ferrell and a classic goodbye to the historical goof that is George W. Bush!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Medusa
Format:DVD
Depending on your tolerance for pain, mind numbing arrogance and stupidity, you might not want to see another minute of George Bush, but with Will Ferrell starring in this final hour as Bushy, you might change your mind.

With all the pain and suffering we endured during Bush's 8 years, we deserve saying good bye with a smile. Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It was pretty good but it wasn't his best work July 22, 2014
Format:Amazon Instant Video
It was pretty good but it wasn't his best work. I think Will Ferrell is a better actor than a comedian, but that's just my opinion. He seems a little abrasive at times when he's dealing with the audience, which doesn't come across when he is dialoguing with another actor. Also, since I've been given the pulpit, I'd like to say that it wasn't my first choice, my second choice or my third choice. Like netflix, prime doesn't seem to have the movies I want to watch. It's a little better but still pretty bad. The Godfather? How could you not have one of the best movies of all time? The Big Lebowski? Anchorman? Caddyshack? Animal House? The Blues Brothers? Happy Gilmore? Austin Powers? I could go on and on. 99 out of 100 movies that I want to watch are not streamable. Who am I to complain, though, I bought prime for the shipping and this is just a party favor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Job! Great choice! July 21, 2014
By Michael
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I was not expecting it to be this hilarious. Will Ferrell never fails. I can't tear my self away from it!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will Ferrell at his best February 7, 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
If you love Will Ferrell and/or are not a fan of George Bush -- this is about as good as it gets! HILARIOUS!!!!! Also a little different since this is Will Ferrell doing live theater instead of a movie. A couple skits are a little weird and not as funny, but as a whole I absolutely recommend this! Me and my boyfriend laughed our asses off and then I got this for my brother as a Xmas gift and he said the same.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even the Supreme Court can't stop Will Ferrell January 11, 2010
Format:DVD
I didn't know Will Ferrell was such a good mimic, but his take on George W. Bush in YOU'RE WELCOME, AMERICA: A FINAL NIGHT WITH GEORGE W. BUSH is better than any I've seen. YOU'RE WELCOME, AMERICA, Ferrell's 2009 one-man Cort Theatre, New York City, show, is preserved here on D.V.D..

If YOU'RE WELCOME, AMERICA, has a fault, it's what you're expecting from Will Ferrell, one of the funniest people in the world, lampooning the single most-deserving object of ridicule, George W. Bush, is too much for a show running just 90 minutes. To do justice to Bush's legacy of injustice, the Cort Theatre would have to make YOU'RE WELCOME, AMERICA into a festival, adding three more stages and having Eddie Murphy, Dana Carvey, and Frank Caliendo impersonate Bush while Ferrell works the fourth stage.

But on its own terms, YOU'RE WELCOME, AMERICA is very funny. Also, besides his George W. Bush impression being dead-on, in the final words of the show Will Ferrell gets to the heart of the second-rate second choice of everyone from his father to the voting public, this Fredo Corleone-turned-United States president.

As badly as you did not want the Supreme Court to install George W. Bush in the White House, you will want to see YOU'RE WELCOME, AMERICA.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 14, 2014
By Tony
Format:Amazon Instant Video
LOVE WILL
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