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American Dreamz (2006)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Music | 21 April 2006 (USA)
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The new season of "American Dreamz," the wildly popular television singing contest, has captured the country's attention, as the competition looks to be between a young Midwestern gal (Moore) and a showtunes-loving young man from Orange County (Golzari). Recently awakened President Staton (Quaid) even wants in on the craze, as he signs up for the potential explosive season finale.

Director:

Paul Weitz

Writer:

Paul Weitz
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Grant ... Martin Tweed
Dennis Quaid ... President Staton
Mandy Moore ... Sally Kendoo
Willem Dafoe ... Chief of Staff
Chris Klein ... William Williams
Jennifer Coolidge ... Martha Kendoo
Sam Golzari ... Omer
Marcia Gay Harden ... First Lady
Seth Meyers ... Chet Krogl
John Cho ... Ittles
Judy Greer ... Accordo
Bernard White ... Agha Babur
Winter Jonz ... Iqbal Riza (as Tony Yalda)
Noureen DeWulf ... Shazzy Riza (as Noureen Dewulf)
Shohreh Aghdashloo ... Nazneen Riza
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Storyline

Martin Tweed is the host of a talent show called American Dreamz, and whilst he despises each new season, it's a hit with the ratings. Tweed decides it's time for a new and interesting batch of contestants, and sends out his team to find the weirdest bunch possible. Whilst all this is happening, the President of the United States is becoming more and more depressed, and relies on his Chief of Staff to talk him through everything, even into appearing as a judge on the TV show. Perfect news for the terrorists who use the talent contest as a way to reach the President. Written by FilmFanUK

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Imagine a country where the President never reads the newspaper, where the government goes to war for all the wrong reasons, and more people vote for a pop idol than their next President. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Writer/director Paul Weitz claims that he wrote the original draft of the American Dreamz (2006) script before he had ever watched an episode of American Idol (2002). See more »

Goofs

On the tray with the President's breakfast there's a small coffee pot placed right at the middle of the tray, obscuring the reflection of the camera. When the tray enters the President's bedroom, the pot has moved to the side of the tray. See more »

Quotes

President Staton: I've had speechwriters write for me all of my career and advisors telling me what positions to take. I can't even remember why I wanted to get into politics to begin with. I think it's because my mom wanted me to, to show my dad any idiot could do it.
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Connections

References As Good as It Gets (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Riza
Written by Stephen Trask
Performed by Pedro Eustache, Paul Livingstone, Faisal Zedan, Wael Kakish & Donavon Lerman
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A Very good satire
30 November 2006 | by ansiewatervalSee all my reviews

When I was reading the other people's opinion's on American Dreamz, I wondered if they even realized it was a satire...? I surely hope that all who watched it even knows what a satire is: It is when you mock people and their doings/obsessions with the hope of improvement. In this movie, the director (Paul Weitz) mocks everything from America's obsession with TV-shows like Idols to George W. Bush and his delectable office. This is surely a movie you would want to watch a couple of times over - just to catch that dreary bit you most certainly missed the first time.

I would give this movie a well deserved 8 out of ten.


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Official Sites:

Universal [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

21 April 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,667,420, 23 April 2006

Gross USA:

$7,191,830

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,656,103
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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