My Fellow Americans (1996)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Comedy  |  20 December 1996 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 12,020 users  
Reviews: 70 user | 27 critic

Two former U. S. Presidents, hated rivals, join forces to expose the current, corrupt President at the risk of their lives.



(story), (story), 3 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video




Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Out to Sea (1997)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A failed gambler, intent on meeting a rich widow, tricks his widowed brother-in-law into boarding a cruise ship as dance hosts.

Director: Martha Coolidge
Stars: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Dyan Cannon
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

John and Max resolve to save their beloved bait shop from turning into an Italian restaurant, just as its new female owner catches Max's attention.

Director: Howard Deutch
Stars: Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon, Ann-Margret
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A lifelong feud between two neighbors since childhood, only gets worse when a new female neighbor moves across the street.

Director: Donald Petrie
Stars: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ann-Margret
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Oscar and Felix take a road trip to their son and daughter's wedding.

Director: Howard Deutch
Stars: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Richard Riehle
Sgt. Bilko (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Sgt. Bilko is in charge of the Motor Pool at an Army base. He's also a good-natured con man, providing gambling facilities for the soldiers on base. When an old enemy from his past shows up... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Lynn
Stars: Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd, Phil Hartman
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

When the very moralistic college ethics instructor (Aykroyd) finds himself living next door to an accused German death camp commander (Lemmon), he takes it upon himself to rid the world of ... See full summary »

Director: Harvey Miller
Stars: Jack Lemmon, Dan Aykroyd, Lily Tomlin
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Two friends try sharing an apartment, but their ideas of housekeeping and lifestyles are as different as night and day.

Director: Gene Saks
Stars: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, John Fiedler
Tommy Boy (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An incompetent, immature, and dimwitted heir to an auto parts factory must save the business to keep it out of the hands of his new, con-artist relatives and big business.

Director: Peter Segal
Stars: Chris Farley, David Spade, Brian Dennehy
Dad (1989)
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A busy, "always-on-the-run" executive learns during a meeting that his mother may be dying and rushes home to her side. He ends up being his father's caretaker and becomes closer to him ... See full summary »

Director: Gary David Goldberg
Stars: Jack Lemmon, Ted Danson, Olympia Dukakis
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A timid college professor, conned into posing as a flamboyant pimp, finds himself enjoying his new occupation on the streets.

Director: Michael Pressman
Stars: Dan Aykroyd, Howard Hesseman, Donna Dixon
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A Chicago man's hope for a peaceful family vacation in the woods is shattered when the annoying in-laws drop in.

Director: Howard Deutch
Stars: Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Stephanie Faracy
Mass Appeal (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A popular Connecticut priest shields a seminary rebel from the wrath of a stern monsignor.

Director: Glenn Jordan
Stars: Jack Lemmon, Zeljko Ivanek, Charles Durning


Cast overview, first billed only:


Kramer and Douglas, two former presidents from opposite ends of the political spectrum, become reluctant allies when they become the target of a conspirator in President Haney's administration. The two ex-presidents realize they have an enemy within the government and set out to find evidence that will clear their names. The search takes them across the Southern Appalachians; along the way they meet a homeless couple, thwart kidnapers in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant, and find themselves marching in a gay pride parade. Written by Dennis Lewis <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


A comedy about life, liberty and the pursuit of two ex-presidents.


Adventure | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for salty language and innuendo | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:




Release Date:

20 December 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Álnokok és elnökök  »

Box Office


$21,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,860,334 (USA) (20 December 1996)


$22,294,341 (USA) (14 March 1997)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

| |



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Jack Lemmon did all of his own stunts for this movie. See more »


When the presidents escape through the secret door the TV seems to turn itself off between shots. See more »


[first lines]
Edwin Newman: It has been described as one of the most vicious presidential races in the history of American politics, and one of the closest. The Republican nominee, Senator Russell P Kramer of Ohio, is practically dead even in the polls with his bitter rival, Democratic Governor Matt Douglas of Indiana. To say there is no love lost between these two candidates is a gross understatement. And yet tonight, in spite of their almost overwhelming distaste for each other, one of these men will have ...
See more »


References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


Down Home Blues
Written by George Jackson
Performed by ZZ Hill
Courtesy of Malaco Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

My Fellow Americans: 8/10
29 November 2002 | by (Anywhere, USA) – See all my reviews

Jack Lemmon and James Garner are in top comedic form in My Fellow Americans. They, respectively, play former President Russell Kramer (Republican) and former President Matt Douglas (Democrat), who have spent the last thirty years hating each others guts. "It's always sad when another good Democrat dies," Douglas says to a Secret Service Agent while on the way to the funeral. "I believe that the deceased was a Republican, sir," he replies. To that, Douglas says, "Oh. Then this might not be so bad."

The current President, Haney (Dan Aykroyd) took kickback while Kramer was president. And Haney's trying to pin them on Kramer. Kramer and Douglas both know about it and Haney's going to try to kill them. When that proves unsucessful, Kramer and Douglas end up stranded alone in the middle of nowhere. So the two people, who loathe each other, must work together to tell thier fellow Americans while seeing the effect of their presidency on the general people.

There are too many political movies. There aren't many political comedies. There are even less raunchy political comedies. In fact, it seems that My Fellow Americans should have been raunchier to warrant an R rating. Peter Segal wanted it to be ribald, but it would have been easier to write for if they didn't have an PG-13 rating in mind, so they could open up the humor a little.

I really like the two leads. They had great chemistry together, I thought they actually hated each other. Lemmon and Garner had a great sense of comedic timing. The movie knew it was a comedy, but tried to take itself in a serious way, which has a great result. Other characters, however, pop up and then leave. Kay Griffin (Sela Ward), the reporter, has about two scenes, and Ben just pops up out of nowhere.

It was extremely funny. Its raunch mixed in with tries-to-take-it-serious humor: "Now, if you'll excuse me, my salad's getting cold." I can't really think of anything else to say.

My Fellow Americans is very funny with great leads. Look for it!

My rating: 8/10

Rated PG-13 for salty language and innuendo.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Worst CGI? happiscotsman
Great Movie sweetadeline
Rated PG-13 for salty language and innuendo ????? Dre3293
When do you think it took place? juvanya
Walter Mattheau bwsmith201
Widescreen Version? thomfur
Discuss My Fellow Americans (1996) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page