In a story told in narrative flashbacks, a young TV consultant is hired by the President of a bankrupt USA to organize a telethon in order to prevent the country from being repossessed by wealthy Native Americans.
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In the not too distant future, the United States government is virtually bankrupt and in danger of being foreclosed on by a group of Native Americans, now owners of the massive Nike Corporation. A desperate President decides to make a last-ditch effort to save the country... by raising money with a telethon! Written by
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[in a press conference]
God knows I am a patriot. I loaned the country 400 Billion. And I want my 400 Billion back. Does that make me a bad guy? I've got to eat too, you know! So I'm giving the President until the end of September this year to pay me back, or I'll be forced to foreclose. What can I do? I've got to eat too, you know! Does that make me a bad guy?
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Somewhere in "Americathon" there is a great movie that has been buried in mediocrity. The unbelievably clever idea of a national telethon to save the country from bankruptcy could have been turned into a classic comedy. Unfortunately a phenomenal cast is mostly wasted by the cartoon-like script. This leaves the viewer feeling cheated, because what you get is not quite a musical with some comedy, nor is it a comedy with some music. High in concept but dull on delivery, "Americathon" is just too lame. The only real highlights are Jay Leno's prizefight with his mother, Zane Busby's interaction with John Ritter, and the Beach Boys song that opens and closes the film. What "Americathon" needed was a director like Paul Bartel. Paul Bartel was willing to take chances (see "Eating Raoul") Neil Israel played it way too close to the vest and lost. - MERK
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