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My Fellow Americans (DVD)
They used to run the country. Now they’re running for their lives! Hail to the comedy chiefs! Jack Lemmon and James Garner win a landslide of laughs as two on-the-lam former presidents of the United States. Framed in a scandal by the current president (Dan Aykroyd) and pursued by armed agents, the two squabbling political foes plunge into a desperate and delightfully frantic search for the evidence that will establish their innocence. As they scramble through the real America, they get an unexpected crash course in how their policies affected the citizens. With the three leads in waggish form, spirited direction by Peter Segal (Tommy Boy, Naked Gun 331/3) and snappy support from costars John Heard, Wilford Brimley, Lauren Bacall and more, My Fellow Americans convinces all that comedy is king (and president!).]]>
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Top Customer Reviews
Maybe it's the genius combination of Garner and Lemmon, two icons of the industry (not to mention the fabulous Lauren Bacall), or maybe it's the actually quite sharp commentary on our political system, or the simply laugh-out-loud comedic timing of the two leads. "My Fellow Americans" is a buddy comedy that has far more in common with "Midnight Run," or a political satire in the spirit of "Dave," than the dreck Lemmon did with Walter Matthau.
To me, this is an undiscovered gem, with plenty of classic lines my husband and I can quote back and forth to each other that make us giggle (Bacall has most of them, e.g. "Don't say friggin'. If you're gonna' use the f-word, go for the gold.") and a good heart.
On a personal note, my now husband and I actually saw this originally, one New Year's Eve when we were newly dating. We had planned to see "Titanic" but it was so long it would have kept us in the theater past midnight. Ever since, it's become one of our sentimental favorites and we watch it every couple years and always laugh. (And, FYI, though we did, like every other person on the planet, eventually see "Titanic," and thought it was fine, I've never watched it again ... Or had any desire to.) And, at the risk of TMI, we actually took this DVD to the hospital with us when we had our son. So, yes, this movie is so cute and light-hearted I actually laughed while in labor ... And if that's not a poster-worthy blurb, I don't know what is.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good humor and great acting!