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American Dreamz (2006)
It's TOO topical to be really funny.
I think it was Woody Allen who wrote, "Comedy is tragedy...with distance".
This movie has a lot going for it, including a hilarious send-up of George W. Bush by Dennis Quaid, as well as many other excellent performances.
It's basic premise of the President appearing on an "American Idol"-like television show also has great comedy potential.
The problem is that the movie also tries to find humor with the war in Iraq where many people are being killed every day and, worse yet, involves a plot by Arab terrorists to kill the President.
Unfortunaely, this is too close to the painful truth to be funny.
Even today, more than half-a-century after the event, one does not find humor in the Holocaust. You can make fun of Hitler, but not the Holocaust.
With this movie, you can make fun of George Bush, but the threat of a terrorist plot to kill him is NOT funny.
Do we laugh at 9/11?
Incidentally, there is a deleted scene on the DVD that will certainly be offensive to people of the Jewish faith. They cut this scene out of the movie. Why not the DVD?