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Will Ferrell (written by)
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Release Date:
8 May 2009 (Spain) See more »
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Tagline:
Ask not what your country can do for you but what have I done to your country? See more »
Plot:
It's time for change in America--but not without a few parting words from former President George W Bush... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination See more »
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Unfunny and tired routine that has been done to death (and better) by many others See more (16 total) »

Cast

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Will Ferrell ... George W. Bush
Michael Delaney ... Dr. Scott Blumeth
Pia Glenn ... Condoleezza Rice

Adam Mucci ... Pilot
Patrick Ferrell ... Jerry - Secret Service Agent
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Ashcroft ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Gordon Brown ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Elaine L. Chao ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dick Cheney ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Stephen Harper ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Angela Merkel ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Edward Norton ... Himself - Audience Member (uncredited)
Gale Norton ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Richard Perle ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Colin Powell ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Karl Rove ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Nicolas Sarkozy ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Tommy Thompson ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Marty Callner 
 
Writing credits
Will Ferrell (written by)

Produced by
Marty Callner .... producer
Jessica Elbaum .... executive producer
Will Ferrell .... executive producer
Jerry Frankel .... producer
Randall Gladstein .... producer
Adam McKay .... executive producer
Jeffrey Richards .... producer
Steve Traxler .... producer
Carol Axler Turner .... line producer
 
Makeup Department
Bettie O. Rogers .... wigs/hair designer
Cara Hannah Sullivan .... wigmaker
 
Production Management
Hilary Gladstein .... production manager
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Beck .... lighting director
 
Music Department
Louis Colaianni .... vocal coach
 
Other crew
Julia Batavia .... production assistant
Louis Colaianni .... vocal coach
Peggy Healy .... production assistant
Lauryn Kahn .... assistant: Mr. McKay
Gena Prastos Linhart .... script supervisor (as Gena Prastos)
Adam McKay .... stage director
Charles Means .... production stage manager
Elizabeth Moloney .... assistant stage manager
Adam Schindler .... assistant to producers
Matt Williams .... choreographer
Brandon Loulias .... production assistant (uncredited)
Elon Rutberg .... general press representative (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Joe Witt .... special thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"You're Welcome America" - International (English title) (informal short title), UK (DVD box title)
"You're Welcome America: A Final Night with George W Bush" - International (English title) (informal short title), UK (DVD box title)
"A Final Night with George W Bush" - International (English title) (informal short title)
"Will Ferrell: A Final Night with George W Bush" - International (English title) (informal short title)
"Will Ferrell: You're Welcome America" - International (English title) (informal short title)
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UK:115 min
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Commonand Serena Williams are clearly seen sitting in the audience behind the audience member nicknamed "Jacques Cousteau."See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
George W. Bush:That was weird. When the pilots of Marine One said they were going to drop me off in New York City, I thought they were joking. I said, "Sure. Y'know, while you're at it, why don't you drop me off in the faggy Theater District?" And guess what, they did...
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15 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Unfunny and tired routine that has been done to death (and better) by many others, 21 February 2010
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

I've noticed that any review here that says this was not funny tends to be voted down whereas any review that says it was funny is voted useful, quality of writing seems to be out of the equation and the politics of the situation appear to be the all, because obviously liberals will love anything that mocks conservatives while only red neck racists would not love this film, right? Well, it will make no difference (to borrow a phrase, "haters gonna hate") but as a white, middle class male in my 30's who watches the Daily Show and is "liberal" in most issues, I should have been target audience for this and, if I'm honest I did watch it because I expected to find Bush easy to laugh at and for my own opinions to be reaffirmed in the meantime.

Problem is that this film is so incredibly basic that it just doesn't work. If you take it as an attempt at political satire then it is a total fail because there is almost nothing clever in here; considering the Daily Show ate well for years off the Bush presidency and produced constant material that was as funny as it was cutting. There is nothing here that even comes close. So OK, maybe that is me being unfair to the material because it is clearly not trying to be a biting satire but rather just a basic mocking of Bush based on the idea that he is dumb and fake. This is not anything new and it is a pretty well mined seam for the film to try and get something out of, but I gave it the benefit of the doubt. Problem is that the material is just crude and unfunny without any real invention or wit – the biggest laughs from the crowd come due to a picture of a penis. Add to that the fact that we have almost 3 minutes given over to a moment where Condoleezza Rice does an erotic dance for Bush (in a bit so painful I wondered if it would ever end) and you're starting to get the idea. In fairness it is a Will Ferrell film so one should not be surprised and it does play to the teenage boy market rather anyone used to their political comedy being either (a) political, or (b) funny.

Ferrell is not a good impressionist but, like the material, he goes for the easy route and he vaguely gets there – I know the point is not that he is meant to look or sound particularly like Bush but it does add to the "good enough" feel the film has. Overall I was looking forward to this film but it doesn't deliver. No matter how you look at it (political satire or fish-in-barrel exercise) it isn't funny and has no wit or invention. The "Bush is dumb" line has produced some very funny material in the past, while his terrible presidency has given us some great, cutting satire – this film cannot manage to be even average in either of those camps.

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