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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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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 »

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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

Sally's boyfriend and the production staff look through a dressing room keyhole. The keyhole is to a modern tumbler lock, which can't be seen through. See more »

Quotes

President Staton: Did you know there are two kinds of Iraqistanis?
[the First Lady holds up three fingers]
President Staton: I mean, actually, three?
Chief of Staff: You mean Sunnis and Shi'ites and Kurds?
President Staton: You knew about this?
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Super Freak
Written by Rick James, Alonzo Miller
Performed by Winter Jones
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A Satire on American Affixation of Reality TV, More Intellectual Than Expected But Still Rather Silly
3 March 2006 | by blue_oceanSee all my reviews

I was able to catch a sneak preview of this movie in Jacksonville. I went to see this because its a sneak preview, and who doesn't love being one of the first people to see a movie no matter what its about. After reading up on American Dreamz (...with a z) a little bit, I was thinking that it was going to be pathetic, teenage humor not far from American Pie. I'm still not sure if I was wrong on that notion. I left the theatre unsure if I liked the movie or not, but I could say that I enjoyed it nonetheless. I found the relationship between Grant and Moore's characters so shallow that it was gratifying and Quiad's obvious interpretation of the President kind of humorous. But what I came away from this movie thinking is there are few things in this world more awkwardly original than a show tune singing terrorist.


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