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My Fellow Americans (1996)

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

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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 <dsl@sprynet.com>

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

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

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$21,500,000 (estimated)

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

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$22,294,341 (USA) (14 March 1997)
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Wilford Brimley plays the chairman of the Democratic National Committee. In real life, Brimley is a Republican and campaigned for John McCain for President in 2008. See more »

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The helicopter used as Marine 1 is not a VH-3 - it is either a Sikorsky S-62 (civilian version) or an ex-USCG HH-52A SeaGuard with the hoist removed, and painted to look like Marine 1 (with a fake exhaust on the right side). When the helo takes off, windshield wipers are clearly visible on the windscreen - when the cockpit is shown from the inside, there are no wipers. Also, there is no rotor brake cylinder mounted on the windscreen center post. Finally, the entire Caution Advisory Panel is lit up and this would be a requirement to land immediately. Furthermore, you cannot have normal conversation in an HH-52A - you use the ICS - the InterCom System, with either helmets or headsets equipped with microphones and press-to-talk switches. And - the President always debarks from the left side of Marine 1 - this shows them leaving from the right side. See more »

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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 ...
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Presidents Dumb and Dumber...
9 April 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

So many professional actors, so much sophomoric humor. You gotta love it.

"My Fellow Americans" features Jack Lemmon and James Garner as ex-presidents on the run when they discover a cover-up with the present Chief of Staff (Dan Aykroyd) in the middle.

This isn't a movie anyone's going to take seriously, and well they shouldn't. There are lots of moments here that will elicit a laugh or two, maybe three. And what plot there is whizzes by at such a fast pace that there's more time to concentrate on the guffaws.

Lemmon and Garner play their parts as you'd expect. That they go the dumb route is no surprise; in fact, it makes their presence here all the more entertaining. Aykroyd basically plays the heavy here, so there's no real chance for him to generate any laughs. A shame, since he's usually so good at that.

Then there's the fact that real gems like Bacall and Brimley and Ward are just given throw-away parts; it's good to see them, of course, but you'd figure they'd have more to do (especially Bacall!!).

Kudos, though, to John Heard as the dim-witted Vice President. Some of the biggest laughs in this movie (for me) came from him. His eulogy at the funeral scene early in the movie always makes me laugh out, as does his pithy observations such as "Hey, a hat!". Beats me why he isn't in more movies.

As I said, the laughs are there, and if you demand nothing more from a comedy than to laugh, you'll want to do your political duty and rent "My Fellow Americans" - the one movie that insults both parties equally.

Seven stars, plus one extra for putting up an excellent "fakade".


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