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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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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

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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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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,667,420, 23 April 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,191,830, 18 June 2006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,560,987, 18 June 2006
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[from trailer]
Agha Babur: You must get to the championship round. When you are on stage with the president, you will have smuggled in an explosive.
Omer: What if I don't make it to the final round?
Agha Babur: Folks don't call me the torturer because I *don't* like to torture people.
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Connections

Spoofs American Idol (2002) See more »

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Mommy Don't Drink Me to Bed Tonight
Written by Stephen Trask & Paul Weitz
Performed by Mandy Moore
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Entertaining and relevant
30 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

I was quite pleasantly surprised by this movie.

I didn't know much about it except that it was some sort of send-up of American Idol, it was directed by the guy who did American Pie, and it had some big name actors involved.

This is what a mainstream satire should be. While some elements were overt, there is definitely more subtle commentary as well. The performances were all very sincere, which allowed me to be drawn in and entertained.

I would also like to make a point to say that I do NOT think that the President character should be written off as a parody of Bush, as I heard some people saying as they exited the theater. While there are certainly elements of the character are clearly inspired by our Commander in Chief (present and past), it is not merely a caricature.

Bottom line: This movie is going to be big.


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