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American Dreamz (2006)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Music | 21 April 2006 (USA)
The new season of "American Dreamz," the wildly popular television singing contest, has captured the country's attention, as the competition looks to be between a young Midwestern gal (Moore) and a showtunes-loving young man from Orange County (Golzari). Recently awakened President Staton (Quaid) even wants in on the craze, as he signs up for the potential explosive season finale.

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Martin Tweed is the host of a talent show called American Dreamz, and whilst he despises each new season, it's a hit with the ratings. Tweed decides it's time for a new and interesting batch of contestants, and sends out his team to find the weirdest bunch possible. Whilst all this is happening, the President of the United States is becoming more and more depressed, and relies on his Chief of Staff to talk him through everything, even into appearing as a judge on the TV show. Perfect news for the terrorists who use the talent contest as a way to reach the President. Written by FilmFanUK

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Imagine a country where the President never reads the newspaper, where the government goes to war for all the wrong reasons, and more people vote for a pop idol than their next President. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Muriendo por un sueño  »

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Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£690,625 (UK) (21 April 2006)

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$7,156,725 (USA) (12 May 2006)
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President Staton (Dennis Quaid) references Dr. Octopus and Magneto as representations for America's enemies. Staton's Chief of Staff, Wally, is played by Willem Dafoe who played the Green Goblin, another popular comic book villain. See more »

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Sally's boyfriend and the production staff look through a dressing room keyhole. The keyhole is to a modern tumbler lock, which can't be seen through. See more »

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Shazzy Riza: Hey Omer, want to go to the mall?
Omer: We just went last weekend.
Iqbal Riza: Yeah, and now we're going again.
Omer: Why, did you forget to purchase something?
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References Donny and Marie (1975) See more »

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Riza
Written by Stephen Trask
Performed by Pedro Eustache, Paul Livingstone, Faisal Zedan, Wael Kakish & Donavon Lerman
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a RARE satire because it breaks taboos about what we can satirize
24 May 2006 | by (Rochester, N.Y. USA) – See all my reviews

Perhaps this film has gotten mixed reviews because it breaks an unwritten code about how far a movie can go in satirizing America's myths. When before have we seen the President of the United States on happy pills and robotic-ally pro- gram-med by his Rovelike handlers ? Who would suggest that an Al-Quaeda training camp could be funny and that someone in it has up scale all-American relatives in Orange County, California ? Could our love affair with American Idol be an escape from the collapsing American middle class way of life ?

This film IS often funny but it doesn't want that humor to stay in a feel good zone. It WANTS to make us uncomfortable and to face things that we don't want to look at too closely. The "sin" that this film has committed is that it wants us to grow up.


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