A lot things go down in the old town. When a white supremacy group comes by.

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Fred Ashman

Writer:

Fred Ashman
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Credited cast:
Michael G. Davis ... Carlos Moleda (as Michael Barretta)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cecelia Antoinette Cecelia Antoinette ... Grams
Marie Antoinette Marie Antoinette
Michelle Ashman Michelle Ashman ... Katie
Jonathan Banks ... Mr. Moretti
Jon Jon Briones ... Dawn's Father
Kimberlin Brown ... Lisa
Hayley Chase ... Megan
Ryan Christiansen ... Bobby
Nicole Ehinger ... Daughter
Devon Elora ... Nurse
Christopher Emerson Christopher Emerson ... Michael
Monika Gonzalez Monika Gonzalez ... Mother
Grant Goodeve ... Naval Doctor
Sara Hackney Sara Hackney ... Helen Walton
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A lot things go down in the old town. When a white supremacy group comes by.

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It's about what binds us as Americans, not what separates us.

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Drama

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Rated PG for some mild thematic elements
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Its $96,000 opening weekend is the lowest ever for a film playing in over 600 theaters in North America, the lowest tier of being considered a wide release. See more »

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World's Most Expensive After-School Special
17 September 2008 | by nelsongSee all my reviews

If you're reading this review, you are probably aware that this film has the lowest opening box office of all time among wide releases. I believe the weekend total was around $120/screen, or about 15-20 tickets per screen. That's one or two tickets per showing.

That would jibe with my experience. I was hoping to see if the theater would show a movie to a single patron. I ended up sharing the theater with an elderly couple, with the husband clearly in the early stages of Alzheimer's. His occasional loud comments, such as "I don't get it", "Firetrucks", and "This is stupid" actually added quite a bit to the otherwise minimal entertainment value.

Is it, as the box office would seem to indicate, the worst movie ever made? No, but giving this thing a theatrical release has to rate as a pretty bone-headed decision. Then again, I suspect that what this proves is that the super-rich are not like you and me. If you are H. Ross Perot or the president of Coca-Cola, then you can not only pay to have an homage to the American Way made, you can also pull strings and force theater chains across the country to clear 750 screens for a film that plays more like an extended ABC After-School Special. Since this is such a business-oriented movie, I kept thinking about all the lost income for all the theaters showing this film to such minuscule crowds.

Well, I guess I should move on and actually review this flick. The film opens and closes with some very nice panoramic shots of various places all across the USA. I enjoyed those parts - not enough to pay for 90 minutes of that, but they were clearly the best part of the movie.

In between, the movie has a series of documentary-style vignettes. There are 3 long ones and maybe 2 or 3 shorter stories, along with about 8 or 10 30-second success stories. The 5 or 6 extended stories ("based on true stories") all feature actors, rather than the actual people. They were all designed to celebrate one facet or another of America - perseverance, opportunity, tolerance, etc.

Me? I thought they were all very ham-handed. There was distracting music overlaid on the stories, meant to underscore the particular lesson being taught, and everything wrapped up so nicely. The whole thing seemed much more appropriate for a school classroom than for a theater. I would bet the producers are already heated up the presses for "Teacher's Guides" for this movie. Given the extreme corporate backing, I bet this gets distributed for free to schools. For something like a middle-school classroom, it wouldn't be that bad.

P.S. I loved the product placement for Coca-Cola and American Airlines throughout the film. Also, Yakov Smirnoff makes an appearance in this film for no good reason.

Overall, seeing this film was good for a laugh, but I cannot recommend it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Proud American See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$135,000, 14 September 2008

Gross USA:

$131,357

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$131,357
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Dolby Digital (35 mm prints) (D-Cinema prints)| Sonics-DDP (IMAX version)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.44 : 1
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