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

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

Three-time Emmy® Award-winner Chris Rock comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, and one of Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World" stars in his fifth solo HBO stand-up special! This all-new 90-minute (estimated) exclusive will feature footage of Rock from three different international performances at South Africa's Carnival City Casino, New York's legendary Apollo Theatre, and the Carling Apollo Hammersmith in London and will feature Rock's unique, adults-only take on dozens of social, political and celebrity issues.

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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

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

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: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (269 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001VEJK6Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,134 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

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20 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Hack Blowfist on March 31, 2009
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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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36 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Jason P. Frey on April 10, 2009
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Jones on June 8, 2015
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This is way over the top. Or I should say way below awfull!! Love Will Ferrrell in most other movies, but this was just beyond obscene. The worst I have seen in a long time.
Shame on you Will, shame on you. you are better than this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Otsuka on September 20, 2014
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It was OK. If you like Will Ferrell when he was on SNL doing this impersonation, than you will enjoy the show. It had it's moments, but I am glad I didn't pay to see it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on February 28, 2015
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Way to many off colored jokes within the 1st minutes. Had to turn it off
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I'm sorry, but in MOST of his movies, it seems that Will's acting comes across as unnatural and not funny or even entertaining. I have no vendetta against Will by any means, but this movie is another case in point where this could have been funny and entertaining IF someone else played Will's role.

Please note, this is no attack on Will, just my impression after forcing myself to watch the movie.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By La Ducky on June 21, 2014
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With the WarHawks banging the gotta go back-in drum, it is a good time for a retrospective to see what got us into this mess in the first place. Dubbya was getting some forgiveness air time and it is time to look back and remember the crap he laid out that cost us trillions in unfunded debt. Besides, it's funny as all get out!!
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I have to say, this gave me a new level of respect for Will Farrell. I didn't expect too much. I thought it would be just a bunch of goofy jokes, but this performance was more than that. It was subversive and protest theater in a way, which was a nice surprise. There weren't any parts that dragged on, it had a good flow to it, and overall it was a nice mixture, facts, commentary and humor.
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