5.5/10
22,468
217 user 153 critic

American Dreamz (2006)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Music | 21 April 2006 (USA)
Trailer
2:30 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

ON DISC
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.

Director:

Writer:

1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

In New York City, an estranged couple who witness a murder are relocated to small-town Wyoming as part of a witness-protection program.

Director: Marc Lawrence
Stars: Hugh Grant, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sam Elliott
Comedy | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

An English auctioneer proposes to the daughter of a mafia kingpin, only to realize that certain "favors" would be asked of him.

Director: Kelly Makin
Stars: Hugh Grant, Jeanne Tripplehorn, James Caan
Comedy | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A washed up singer is given a couple days to compose a chart-topping hit for an aspiring teen sensation. Though he's never written a decent lyric in his life, he sparks with an offbeat younger woman with a flair for words.

Director: Marc Lawrence
Stars: Hugh Grant, Drew Barrymore, Scott Porter
About a Boy (2002)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A cynical, immature young man is taught how to act like a grown-up by a little boy.

Directors: Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz
Stars: Hugh Grant, Nicholas Hoult, Toni Collette
Nine Months (1995)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

When he finds out his longtime girlfriend is pregnant, a commitment-phobe realizes he might have to change his lifestyle for better or much, much worse.

Director: Chris Columbus
Stars: Hugh Grant, Julianne Moore, Tom Arnold
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A lawyer decides that she's used too much like a nanny by her boss, so she walks out on him.

Director: Marc Lawrence
Stars: Sandra Bullock, Hugh Grant, Alicia Witt
The Rewrite (2014)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An Oscar-winning writer in a slump leaves Hollywood to teach screenwriting at a college on the East Coast, where he falls for a single mom taking classes there.

Director: Marc Lawrence
Stars: Hugh Grant, Whit Baldwin, Vanessa Wasche
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.1/10 X  

The Orient Express, on it's night trip from Munich to Venice, is full because of the beginning of the carnival in Venice. Between the passengers are a journalist, an actress and her ... See full summary »

Director: Carlo U. Quinterio
Stars: Hugh Grant, Tahnee Welch, Malcolm McDowell
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

When an English cartographer must tell a Welsh village that their mountain is only a hill, the offended community sets out to change that.

Director: Christopher Monger
Stars: Hugh Grant, Tara Fitzgerald, Colm Meaney
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A middle-aged ad exec is faced with a new boss who's nearly half his age... and who also happens to be sleeping with his daughter.

Director: Paul Weitz
Stars: Dennis Quaid, Topher Grace, Scarlett Johansson
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Set right after World War II, a naive teenage girl joins a shabby theatre troupe in Liverpool. During a winter production of Peter Pan, the play quickly turns into a dark metaphor for youth... See full summary »

Director: Mike Newell
Stars: Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman, Georgina Cates
Housewarming (2005)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Chantal, an advocate involved in defending homeless illegal immigrant, decides to refurbish her flat. Following her convictions she calls Columbian workers led by an unforeseeable architect... See full summary »

Director: Brigitte Roüan
Stars: Carole Bouquet, Jean-Pierre Castaldi, Didier Flamand
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
Martha Kendoo
...
...
First Lady
...
Chet Krogl
...
Ittles
...
Accordo
...
Agha Babur
...
Iqbal Riza (as Tony Yalda)
...
...
Nazneen Riza
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Everyone's gotta have.... See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

| |  »

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

21 April 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Muriendo por un sueño  »

Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£690,625 (UK) (21 April 2006)

Gross:

£2,158,359 (UK) (12 May 2006)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The interior White House scenes were shot on the set of The West Wing (1999). See more »

Goofs

On the tray with the President's breakfast there's a small coffee pot placed right at the middle of the tray, obscuring the reflection of the camera. When the tray enters the President's bedroom, the pot has moved to the side of the tray. See more »

Quotes

Omer: One and two, three and four, five, hey!
Iqbal Riza: What are you doing?
Omer: Nothing, nothing, I'm just rehearsing some dance steps.
Iqbal Riza: Oh...
Omer: Look Iqbal, I am so sorry...
Iqbal Riza: Stop!I don't want your pity. Does it look like I need pity?
Omer: No, no, no you have far too much dignity.
Iqbal Riza: If these people know nothing about talent there's not much I can do about it, is there? So let's see it. Let's see your dance steps.
Omer: Oh... alright. One and two, three and four.
Iqbal Riza: [Iqbal waves his hand up to Omer for him to stop]
[...]
See more »

Connections

Featured in The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Luck Be a Lady
from Guys and Dolls (1955)
Written by Frank Loesser
Performed by Sam Golzari
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A hilarious, brave piece of film-making that exceeds all expectations
2 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just saw this at an advance screening and was astounded. Based on the previews, I had concerns like many of the people posting in the forum here: that it would be stupid, flat, bland "American sucks because..." formulaic drivel with a little bit of Arab stereotyping thrown in for good measure. I went into the film expecting to hate it. From the first line through, I was converted. The film offers a very interesting take on what the problems are in modern America, but it is not entirely negative: it also has a lot of good things to say about what makes America work. It creates a perfect blend of political satire, social commentary, and intelligent, dark humor. All of this, is, of course, peppered with the sparkling wit that we have come to expect from writer/director/producer Weitz, whose past credits range from the crass American Pie to About a Boy. There have been lots of people expressing fears over Arab stereotyping, and I would be lying if I said that terrorism doesn't play a large role, but I don't think I'm spoiling anything here (it was in the previews). The film looks at America as seen by a young Iraqi man, Omer (Sam Golzari, who does a brilliant job of showing his constant turmoil as he struggles to reconcile the America that he sees and that which he was taught about), who comes to the States after spending his life being indoctrinated by a terrorist organization. Through his eyes, we see all the good and all the bad that this country has to offer. As a result, every single person, with the exception of Omer, is a caricature. The Arab terrorists seem like stereotypes because individual characters have been reduced to the essentials that are necessary for the satire to work. The terrorists are made more terrorist-y to create the separation from reality that satire requires. By the same token, the heartless Hollywood producer, the white-trash family, the loyal boyfriend, the opulent L.A. family, the idiot president and manipulative chief of staff, etc. are all caricatures of the people who they are standing for. The film does not engage in Arab stereotyping because it is racist drivel, but engages in caricaturing Arab terrorists (without implying that all Arabs are terrorists) because the genre calls for it. I don't know what else I can say about this movie, except that it might not be for everyone. It is NOT your usual Hollywood fare, so do not go to it expecting a few laughs and two hours of diversion from your life. Rather, like the satires of Swift, it will make you question everything about how you view the world, and it will make you laugh so hard, you don't even know it is doing this, until you leave the theater and everything looks just a little bit different. This is one of the most intelligent, unique, daring, and insightful films to have come out of Hollywood in a long time. This is a film made for every single person who has asked why Hollywood keeps putting out stupid, uninteresting films that trade out heart and intelligence for breasts and explosions. At the same time, this is a sublimely funny film that would appeal to an extremely wide range of ages and backgrounds.


105 of 168 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The WORST movie I've seen in a while... I_eat_my_peas
WHY so much hate for this movie? pixelbender-junk
the reason satire is useless yellowskylark
Did anyone else laugh hysterically.... ToySoldier79
Why am I the only one... Luckysongkid
YOU DON'T BLOW UP HUGH GRANT!!!!!!!!!!! sailingcat10
Discuss American Dreamz (2006) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?