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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 »

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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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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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The interior White House scenes were shot on the set of The West Wing (1999). See more »

Goofs

When Sally and Omer are talking in the club, there is jazz piano music playing and a man sitting at the piano. He is moving his hands on the piano but it clearly does not correspond to the music. See more »

Quotes

First Lady: [about the re-election] You're wondering, what was the point of it all? Why you? Why now? Why did the Lord pick you out of all people? What are your special qualifications? And did the Lord even pick you, or was it just having really, really powerful friends?
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Connections

References The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) See more »

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Tea Time
Written & Performed by Joe Lervold
Courtesy of Marc Ferrari / MasterSource
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I Want Freaks!
24 March 2006 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Showing flashes of brilliance, writer/director/producer Paul Weitz is putting together a very nice career. He pulls most of his lead actors from his previous projects. Dennis Quaid ("In Good Company"), Hugh Grant ("About a Boy") Chris Klein ("American Pie") all have Weitz ties and Mandy Moore, Jennifer Coolidge and the great Marcia Gay Harden all easily slide right in.

Quality comedy is usually the most elusive film genre for writers and directors and satire is the absolute most challenging form of comedy. Poking fun at our government, politicians, TV shows and overall way of life has to be handled delicately in order for the audience to openly laugh at ourselves. With a few exceptions, "Dreamz" just misses out on the laughs it shoots for. Quaid's over the top portrayal of Bush, Dafoe's bumbling Cheney and Mandy Moore's shot at Brittany Spears will all cause a few smiles, but only a couple of chuckles. Surprisingly the best performance comes from Hugh Grant as the disillusioned host of the wildly popular TV show "American Idol" ... oh sorry, "American Dreamz". Watching Grant struggle with his lost interest is actually the best part of the show.

Hopefully, the trailer will not give away the two or three scenes that make this one palatable. Though I really did not enjoy most of the film, I will say that it has not dampened my hope and trust in Paul Weitz one bit. Creative filmmakers will stumble periodically. The great ones just go at it again and again.


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