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The American Ruling Class (2005)

Unrated | | Comedy, Music | 1 March 2007 (USA)
In this first of its kind "dramatic-documentary-musical", Lewis Lapham takes two young Ivy-League graduates on a tour of the corridors of power. The novice careerists must decide: should they seek to rule the world, or to save it?


John Kirby


Lewis Lapham, John Kirby (additional story and dialogue) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lewis Lapham ... Himself - Introduced by
Caton Burwell Caton Burwell ... Jack Bellamy
Paul Cantagallo Paul Cantagallo ... Mike Vanzetti
Jessica Silver-Greenberg Jessica Silver-Greenberg ... Taylor Meade
Hollis Witherspoon Hollis Witherspoon ... Emily Gann
Keith Witty Keith Witty ... Garden Party Jazz Band
Steve Blum Steve Blum ... Garden Party Jazz Band
Sam Hoyt Sam Hoyt ... Garden Party Jazz Band
Catherine Mathis Catherine Mathis ... Herself
Caroline Camougis Caroline Camougis ... Herself
Kevin Wilson Kevin Wilson ... Chef at the Pierre
Kathleen Landis Kathleen Landis ... Diner
Eileen Eichenstein Eileen Eichenstein ... Diner
Susan Tsao Susan Tsao ... Diner
David Robinson David Robinson ... Bartender at pier 63


In this first of its kind "dramatic-documentary-musical", Lewis Lapham takes two young Ivy-League graduates on a tour of the corridors of power. The novice careerists must decide: should they seek to rule the world, or to save it?

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America Rules the World! But Who Rules America?


Comedy | Music








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[first lines]
Man: [singing] Here we are a sailing, adrift without a dream. We live for God and country, and yes our God is green. So put your arms around me, until the break of dawn. 'Cause late at night the great and mighty Wurlitzer plays on.
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Unlike anything you've ever seen before...biting satirical call to reform
9 May 2005 | by pianogirlySee all my reviews

This film is a must see for recent college grads or really anyone trying to figure out their place in this world. This film is truly a marvel...not only does it transcend neat classifications, "documentary," "drama," "musical" (of which it is all three) it elevates the subject matter-what are the social responsibilities and realities for those to whom much is given?- to a call for a generation to re-examine their blind ambition and think of the world their actions are creating. This film grapples, as many of us do, with the trade-offs between doing the things you love or that will benefits those around you, and ascending the ladder of success and fortune.

What is truly remarkable about this film is how effectively it uses satire to drive home its point. It resists condescension and engages the audience as intelligent, thinking beings. (finally!) A tour of affluence and influence in America, it sports a cast of very interesting and accomplished people. The "actors" - in a Q&A with the director we learned that the kids were not trained actors but actually recent Harvard and Princeton grads - delivered honest performances. Not to mention the fact that Lewis Lapham is a riot. I would be remiss if I failed to mention that there is stunning fusion of the message of the film with the film's musical numbers.

Well done, original and powerful.

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