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The American Ruling Class (2005)

 -  Comedy | Music  -  1 March 2007 (USA)
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In this first of its kind "dramatic-documentary-musical", Lewis Lapham takes two young Ivy-League graduates on a tour of the corridors of power. The novice careerists must decide: should they seek to rule the world, or to save it?



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Himself - Introduced by
Caton Burwell ...
Jack Bellamy
Paul Cantagallo ...
Mike Vanzetti
Jessica Silver-Greenberg ...
Taylor Meade
Emily Gann
Keith Witty ...
Garden Party Jazz Band
Steve Blum ...
Garden Party Jazz Band
Sam Hoyt ...
Garden Party Jazz Band
Catherine Mathis ...
Caroline Camougis ...
Kevin Wilson ...
Chef at the Pierre
Kathleen Landis ...
Eileen Eichenstein ...
Susan Tsao ...
David Robinson ...
Bartender at pier 63


In this first of its kind "dramatic-documentary-musical", Lewis Lapham takes two young Ivy-League graduates on a tour of the corridors of power. The novice careerists must decide: should they seek to rule the world, or to save it?

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America Rules the World! But Who Rules America?


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[first lines]
Man: [singing] Here we are a sailing, adrift without a dream. We live for God and country, and yes our God is green. So put your arms around me, until the break of dawn. 'Cause late at night the great and mighty Wurlitzer plays on.
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26 November 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The American ruling class is a documentary about students who recently graduated from prestigious schools and how they are shown the world of the lower middle class in order to deter their recent banking/upper middle class related job opportunities.

The points of this movie are extremely valid, the upper middle class rule this country and the direction it should head in. but this film really smashes the audience over the head with the opinion of the film maker. Every scene and and every line of dialogue is so heavily ham fisted that it becomes annoying and loses it's credentials long after those tree ferns surrounding the title leave the opening scene. Anyone can hear these opinions if they visit their local ghetto or talk to a friend with a financial difficulty. This movie doesn't offer much to the discussion and it's extremely hard to take seriously. unless you live under a rock, or think that living to paycheck to paycheck is alright, then you know that something is wrong with the economic system and that capitalism isn't all that it's hyped up to to be. That is pretty much the point of this movie, but the problem with it is that it doesn't offer a solution. It doesn't give any useful insight to the problems effect the economic inequality of America nor does it show how it could change for the better. In fact, it tells of how a couple of high graduate students with potential futures decide to give up on making a living in order to pursue the message of the film, which doesn't seem to make sense because they pretty much said that they will not make a difference in the economy by joining the companies that rule it and changing the companies from the inside but try to spread awareness by promoting a weak message across the nation. and to be honest, the solution seems to be blaming rich people for the lower classes problems...

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