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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 Jones ... 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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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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Official Sites:

UIP [France] | UIP [UK] | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

21 April 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Muriendo por un sueño See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,667,420, 23 April 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,191,830, 18 June 2006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,560,987, 18 June 2006
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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

Chet Krogl: See, people like the whole white trash thing.
Martha Kendoo: But we're not white trash.
Chet Krogl: I know, but look what it did for Britney Spears.
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Connections

References Wife Swap (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Greased Lightnin'
from Grease (1978)
Written by Warren Casey & Jim Jacobs
Performed by Sam Golzari
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Total Letdown, Not Funny
26 April 2006 | by dgustafson2000See all my reviews

What a terrible movie. The previews looked good, I like the director/screenwriter, and I even like Hugh Grant *and* Mandy Moore. But the film is dull, unfunny, and totally flat. The script isn't witty or clever and most of the actors look bored (especially Hugh Grant). Dennis Quaid doesn't do enough with his character. I was expecting a well-written satire of "American Idol" and the Bush Administration. I was only somewhat intrigued with the dark, unexpected ending but that came only after a boring hour-and-a-half. For a GOOD parody/satire with a GOOD script and GOOD acting, watch "Saved" (about a Christian high school, starring Mandy Moore), "Welcome to the Dollhouse" (about the horrors of junior high school), and "Election" (about a high school student government campaign). "American Dreamz" is already a bomb in the U.S., only made something like $3.5 million during its opening weekend. When I saw the film, there were only THREE of us in the theater! That says a lot.


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