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12 September 2008 (USA) See more »
It's about what binds us as Americans, not what separates us.
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  (in credits order)

Michael G. Davis ... Carlos Moleda (as Michael Barretta)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Cecelia Antoinette ... Grams
Marie Antoinette
Michelle Ashman ... Katie

Jonathan Banks ... Mr. Moretti

Jon Jon Briones ... Dawn's Father

Kimberlin Brown ... Lisa

Hayley Chase ... Megan

Ryan Christiansen ... Bobby

Nicole Ehinger ... Daughter

Devon Elora ... Nurse

Christopher Emerson ... Michael
Monika Gonzalez ... Mother

Grant Goodeve ... Naval Doctor

Sara Hackney ... Helen Walton

Dennis Haskins ... Bill

Tenille Houston ... Nurse (as Tenille Repinski)

Richard Kaszonyi ... Tom (as Richard Garon)

JoNell Kennedy ... LaKeesha
Melody King ... Med Student (as Devon Marie King)

Dufflyn Lammers ... Julie Rogers

Jane Le ... Dawn Trang
Koda Madison ... Annie

Marc McClure ... Sam

Rob Moran ... AJ

Anthony Nuccio ... Thug
Fallon Okwuosa ... Lisa
Laurel Page ... Teacher
Kim Pham ... Dawn's mother - Mrs. Tran

Andrew Ramaglia ... Steve

Mackenzie Rosman ... Bree
Julie Skon ... Sarah

Salina Soto ... Lucy
Phil Tanchon ... Skateboarder
Tom Townsend ... Steven

Sean Welch ... Las Vegas Groom

Joe Williamson ... Med Student Eric Jameson (as Joseph Williamson)

Lee Thompson Young ... Curtis
Wonkknow ... Las Vegas Best Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Fred Ashman 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Fred Ashman  writer

Produced by
Fred Ashman .... executive producer
Ron Clark .... associate producer
Carolyn Jogoleff .... associate producer
Aili Kato .... producer
Original Music by
Stan Beard 
Cinematography by
Mark Eberle 
Film Editing by
Tim Flora 
Casting by
LaTanya Potts 
Production Design by
Heidi Strykiewicz 
Art Direction by
Heidi Strykiewicz  (as Heidi Hazou)
Makeup Department
Jackie Lynn Perez .... makeup artist
Julia Perez .... key hair stylist
Julia Perez .... key makeup artist
Christina Robinz .... makeup artist
Art Department
Jordan Guzzardo .... set dresser
Sound Department
Tracey Larvenz .... sound mixer
Harrison Meyle .... re-recording mixer
David Raines .... re-recording mixer
Dave Schaaf .... boom operator
Visual Effects by
Wolfgang Maschin .... Inferno artist: demiurge
Raena Singh .... digital artist: Demiurge
Marly Coronel .... stunts
Kyle Edwards .... stunt double: Michael Barretta
Ryan Fitzgerald .... stunts
Brayden Hawk .... stunt coordinator
Evan Himes .... stunts
Robert Jones .... stunts
Cameron J. Mooney .... stunts (as Cameron Mooney)
Lance Osborne .... stunts
Ethan Rosenberg .... stunt driver
James Rosenberg .... stunts
Phil Tanchon .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Alan Blagg .... key grip: New York
Marcus Kellum .... second assistant camera
Cameron Thorburn .... crane operator
Joseph Walsh .... director of photography: second unit
Joseph Walsh .... first assistant camera
Joseph Walsh .... jib operator
Tim Wicks .... crane operator
Editorial Department
John Scheer .... digital intermediate colorist
Leroy Wolf .... color timer
Music Department
Ross DeRoche .... score supervisor
Bruce Donnelly .... orchestrator
Ron Goldstein .... orchestrator
Larry Groupé .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Brandy Camel .... production assistant
Christiane Covington .... script supervisor
Mike Davis .... closing credits designer
Todd Feaser .... production assistant
Rob Fiks .... production assistant (as Robert L. Fiks)
Roger Goff .... legal services
Karen Marye Hall .... production assistant
Mark Sickle .... production assistant
Kyle Edwards .... stand-in: Michael Barretta (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Rated PG for some mild thematic elements
USA:115 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital (35 mm prints) (D-Cinema prints) | Sonics-DDP (IMAX version)
USA:PG (certificate #44729)

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Its $96,000 opening weekend is the lowest ever for a film playing in over 600 theaters in North America, the lowest tier of being considered a wide release.See more »


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World's Most Expensive After-School Special, 17 September 2008
Author: Greg Nelson from Texas

If you're reading this review, you are probably aware that this film has the lowest opening box office of all time among wide releases. I believe the weekend total was around $120/screen, or about 15-20 tickets per screen. That's one or two tickets per showing.

That would jibe with my experience. I was hoping to see if the theater would show a movie to a single patron. I ended up sharing the theater with an elderly couple, with the husband clearly in the early stages of Alzheimer's. His occasional loud comments, such as "I don't get it", "Firetrucks", and "This is stupid" actually added quite a bit to the otherwise minimal entertainment value.

Is it, as the box office would seem to indicate, the worst movie ever made? No, but giving this thing a theatrical release has to rate as a pretty bone-headed decision. Then again, I suspect that what this proves is that the super-rich are not like you and me. If you are H. Ross Perot or the president of Coca-Cola, then you can not only pay to have an homage to the American Way made, you can also pull strings and force theater chains across the country to clear 750 screens for a film that plays more like an extended ABC After-School Special. Since this is such a business-oriented movie, I kept thinking about all the lost income for all the theaters showing this film to such minuscule crowds.

Well, I guess I should move on and actually review this flick. The film opens and closes with some very nice panoramic shots of various places all across the USA. I enjoyed those parts - not enough to pay for 90 minutes of that, but they were clearly the best part of the movie.

In between, the movie has a series of documentary-style vignettes. There are 3 long ones and maybe 2 or 3 shorter stories, along with about 8 or 10 30-second success stories. The 5 or 6 extended stories ("based on true stories") all feature actors, rather than the actual people. They were all designed to celebrate one facet or another of America - perseverance, opportunity, tolerance, etc.

Me? I thought they were all very ham-handed. There was distracting music overlaid on the stories, meant to underscore the particular lesson being taught, and everything wrapped up so nicely. The whole thing seemed much more appropriate for a school classroom than for a theater. I would bet the producers are already heated up the presses for "Teacher's Guides" for this movie. Given the extreme corporate backing, I bet this gets distributed for free to schools. For something like a middle-school classroom, it wouldn't be that bad.

P.S. I loved the product placement for Coca-Cola and American Airlines throughout the film. Also, Yakov Smirnoff makes an appearance in this film for no good reason.

Overall, seeing this film was good for a laugh, but I cannot recommend it.

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