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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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Comedy | Music

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

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21 April 2006 (USA)  »

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Muriendo por un sueño  »

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$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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Writer/director Paul Weitz claims that he wrote the original draft of the American Dreamz (2006) script before he had ever watched an episode of American Idol (2002). See more »

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When Sally and Omer are talking in the club, there is jazz piano music playing and a man sitting at the piano. He is moving his hands on the piano but it clearly does not correspond to the music. See more »

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Martin Tweed: Sometimes I look at you and see my own reflection. It's revolting.
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References The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) See more »

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Written by Stephen Trask
Performed by Pedro Eustache, Paul Livingstone, Faisal Zedan, Wael Kakish & Donavon Lerman
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One of the Most Puzzling Movies of 2006
28 October 2006 | by (utah) – See all my reviews

American Dreamz is likely to be one of the overlooked and dismissed of the most puzzling and mysterious movie productions of 2006. It is a fascinating, confusing blend of comedy, drama yet and while not always executed well, it actually evokes a bold and daring attempt at movie-making. Both the lead characters played by Hugh Grant and Mandy Moore are not our American picture perfect personalities that the audience can like. It's actually Dennis Quaid's role as President that actually forms the foundation of this movie as his character develops and grows throughout.

Interestingly enough, this movie is a hard-hitting, serious drama of the rough and hardened role of television competition as well as the political machinations of government. This is a strange little drama wrapped up in the vestments of a supposedly a comedy that actually isn't. It's a dark comedy. The combination of comedy and drama, the director's attempt to capture the difficult subject matter in a tasteful manner that wouldn't alienate the entire audience wasn't completely successful. Yet underlying all the chaos, at its core this movie really did contain and present a rather nasty core of humanity, of acknowledgement between peers, of movement forward. In other words, this movie capture a little bit of real humanity and brought the audience a little further into the connection between human beings. Seven out of Ten Stars.


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