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American Dreamz is a film about a popular singing contestant programme like American Idol, the director that everyone hates, the contestant female from Ohio with her veteran boyfriend, the contestant male from the middle east with terrorist connections, and the president who is being forced out of power by his adviser. These are some of the sub-plots to the film. The film pokes fun at the president and the society, and the way that it brings together all of the characters is clever. The pacing, characters, and plot keep the audience entertained, but the ending was very weak. (They probably had a number of endings filmed, and I do not know why they decided to go with this one, but it certainly did tie up some loose ends with some of the situations.) In short, this film is mildly entertaining and engaging, but the ending leaves disappointment.
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Well, this movie seemed like it would be fun and a little bit stupid
from the trailers, and I was definitely not disappointed! Mandy Moore
does a great job in the movie acting like a super ambitious and
ruthless b*tch that wants to be famous by all means necessary. Hugh
Grant does a good job too playing the TV show host, slimy and
heartless. Otherwise, everyone else does an OK job, including William
Dafoe and Dennis Quaid as the chief of staff and President of the
United States. While there are very great moments of satire in the
movie, and many well placed political statements, other parts of the
movie fell flat and wasn't too original or inspiring. Even a person
with a more liberal slant like myself thought that the parody on our
current president was a bit *too* much.
Anyway, I won't spend too much time writing this review, but I did like the movie, it was fun and brainless, and I do recommend people go check it out because it's 90 minutes well spent entertaining yourself! =)
I saw this movie with my American Girlfriend and must say, we both
laughed ourselves silly.
A wonderful satirical portrayal of American life and ideals. Grant is perfect as the self loathing, self centered host, Quaid excels himself as the President in search of self improvement and Moore is perfect as the "All American" girl.
The biggest and best irony of it all if the fact that throughout it all, the only character actually likable in the movie is the "terrorist". While everyone else is portraying one image, he is the only one true to himself.
This is not a parody, this is a satire, and brilliantly done too.
A bold and brave movie, dark, satirical and very funny. Highly recommended.
American Dreamz? More like American Snoozefest. This film was hardly what I would call Oscar-worthy. The premise of the film seemed interesting, and the trailers led you to believe that it would be a witty comic send-up of both a pop culture phenomenon and our current political leaders. Unfortunately, the result was neither witty nor entertaining. I nearly fell asleep during this film. Although I chuckled in a few places (VERY few), it wasn't even funny or thought-provoking... just boring. Save yourself the $8 and go see something worthwhile... or wait until it comes out on DVD and waste $3 instead.
I saw American Dreamz with my husband yesterday and enjoyed it immensely. The acting was inspired, everyone fit their role perfectly. Kudos to the person who cast the roles. It is not so much a satire, but a parody on America's obsession(and even the world's) with reality shows like American Idol. Hugh Grant nailed the obnoxious host perfectly,using the Simon Cowell as a guide, but making the character of Martin Tweed his own. Mandy Moore was perfect as the girl next door turned opportunistic contestant. Dennis Quaid was right on target as the president. Although many people think he was imitating Bush, I didn't find that to be true. He combined elements of Bush, Clinton and Reagan and gave the president his own personality. His character was not a dumb man, but rather a lazy, spoiled president who was used to having everyone cater to him, so he didn't have to do anything. He was manipulated not because he was stupid, but because he wanted to be.Dennis Quaid is such a natural actor, he can make any role he does seem like second nature. Sam Golizari as the reluctant Arab terrorist is hysterical. Marcia Gay Harden, Willem Dafoe and the rest of the cast all meshed to make the movie enjoyable. Chris Klein as Mandy Moore's boyfriend is the seemingly "straight man" but looks can be deceiving. You will find yourself laughing throughout the movie because the situations are so absurd, yet somehow plausible. I definitely recommend this movie, it keeps your attention throughout and there are no dull spots.
The movie has some funny moments and some decent performances, but it
probably doesn't really withstand scrutiny. Hugh Grant is particularly
good. He does a great job capturing the soullessness of reality TV. The
bits with Dennis Quaid as the President had a decent motivation, but
didn't really hit the kind of funny levels that other satires of the
Presidency have (the most recent that I can think of is Kevin Kline as
The film might be valuable for having the first human depiction of an Arab family in a comedy (at least, that I can think of). But I still would be hard-pressed to recommend spending much money on it. Better to wait for it to come to video.
Worst attempt at humor since "Road to Wellville." I have no problems with satire and making fun of Bush, who seems to be as dumb as he is portrayed at times, but the portrayals of W, Laura, and Cheney are so heavy-handed it seems to be written for 3rd graders. We get it! Bush is a country bumpkin and a puppet, Dick is the puppet master, etc, etc. Stop already! (If you have an IQ over 28, you will feel very insulted by the script, so don't watch unless you like yelling at the TV). And why did they feel it was necessary to insult soldiers as badly as John Kerry accidentally did? This movie should have been panned much worse than Kerry was. If they had just stuck to satirizing American Idol and left the political-humor-for-dummies angle out, this movie would have been bearable. Willem Dafoe and Hugh Grant should have backed out after page 5 of the script (they are better than this trash). Did I mention that I hated this movie? I want my two dollars back!
What a terrible movie. The previews looked good, I like the director/screenwriter, and I even like Hugh Grant *and* Mandy Moore. But the film is dull, unfunny, and totally flat. The script isn't witty or clever and most of the actors look bored (especially Hugh Grant). Dennis Quaid doesn't do enough with his character. I was expecting a well-written satire of "American Idol" and the Bush Administration. I was only somewhat intrigued with the dark, unexpected ending but that came only after a boring hour-and-a-half. For a GOOD parody/satire with a GOOD script and GOOD acting, watch "Saved" (about a Christian high school, starring Mandy Moore), "Welcome to the Dollhouse" (about the horrors of junior high school), and "Election" (about a high school student government campaign). "American Dreamz" is already a bomb in the U.S., only made something like $3.5 million during its opening weekend. When I saw the film, there were only THREE of us in the theater! That says a lot.
This movie is freaking hilarious! I haven't laughed so hard at a movie
in a long time. This is not a complex plot or brilliant staging or
anything--but it's incredibly witty and otherwise amusing. I absolutely
loved it--I laughed out loud throughout the entire film. Everyone
around me did, too.
The previews don't do it justice--they emphasize the cultural aspect far more than the political. For anyone irritated by the Bush administration and the current state of our country, this film provides great comic relief.
Anyone who doesn't like this film just can't stand to hear anyone point out the Bush administration's many, many faults. It isn't the kind of film that requires plot analysis or critique. It's just a great, clever, fun film--go see it!
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I'll give it to you with a straight answer: THIS MOVIE SUCKS!!! I saw
the previews for this movie about three or four months before it came
out, so even the funny jokes got tiring after seeing them 100 times. If
there WERE any funny parts, they were shown in the preview, just like
certain other box office flops that I can't think of right now.
Here's the basic storyline: Hugh Grant plays Martin Tweed, the popular host of "American Dreamz".(basically the same concept as American Idol and Fame) To raise ratings, he decides to put an Arab and a Jew on the show and do what he can to make the final round.
Another contestant is Sally Kendoo (Mandy Moore), a trailer-trash bitch with a great voice. After being picked for the show, she dumps her boyfriend. Then her boyfriend joins the Army to prove a point to her (what that point is, I have no clue). He returns home wounded, she takes him back, but ONLY to win the hearts of the viewers.
Meanwhile, Martin Tweed has fallen madly in love with Sally Kendoo as she makes the final round against the Arab.
Here's another twist: The President of the United States (Dennis Quaid) is to be a guest host for the season finale. The Arab dude has devised a plan to blow up the President and himself after they meet.
So, who wants to go out and see this now that you've heard some things about it? I sure don't. It's about 2 hours that I could've spent seeing "Thank You for Smoking" or "Inside Man". Instead, I had to sit through this god-awful, would-be-funny parody.
In short, whoever wrote this movie was more stoned than the guy who wrote From Justin to Kelly.
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