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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.

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A middle-aged ad exec is faced with a new boss who's nearly half his age... and who also happens to be sleeping with his daughter.

Director: Paul Weitz
Stars: Dennis Quaid, Topher Grace, Scarlett Johansson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Martin Tweed
... President Staton
... Sally Kendoo
... Chief of Staff
... William Williams
... Martha Kendoo
... Omer
... First Lady
... Chet Krogl
... Ittles
... Accordo
... Agha Babur
... Iqbal Riza (as Tony Yalda)
... Shazzy Riza (as Noureen Dewulf)
... 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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Comedy | Music

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

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Release Date:

21 April 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Muriendo por un sueño  »

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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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Trivia

Mandy Moore was Paul Weitz's only choice for the role of Sally Kendoo. 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

Jessica: [Opening Lines]
[after Martin receives a fax showing American Dreamz as the top rated show]
Jessica: How are the numbers?
Martin Tweed: Incredible.
[chuckles]
Martin Tweed: Absolutely incredible.
Jessica: Congratulations.
[pause]
Jessica: I'm leaving you.
[long pause]
[...]
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References A Chorus Line (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Greased Lightnin'
from Grease (1978)
Written by Warren Casey & Jim Jacobs
Performed by Sam Golzari
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Yes, Yes, Yes!
26 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

This movie was soooo good and sooo funny, non-stop laughs and pitch perfect performances from everyone. Mandy Moore, Dennis Quaid, Willem Dafoe, Hugh Grant (he was like watching Simon Cowell up there). The whole film worked from start to finish and had some of the biggest laughs in years. The film is very much "of the moment" with its mirroring American Idol, the President, and terrorism, but it hits everything right on the head. Chris Klein, towards the end of the movie, has one of the funniest lines I have heard in decades. The movie also zooms by. I saw it at the festival in Cleveland, but if it was during regular release, I would have sat and watched it again. Great one!


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