American Dreamz

American Dreamz

Paul Weitz (2006)

12A Certificate


Our Score
Pop wannabes jostle for stardom in this messy and contrived satire from Paul Weitz. Hugh Grant reteams with his About a Boy director to play the smarmy Martin Tweed, host of TV talent show American Dreamz. Sadly, Weitz's script isn't half as sharp as Tweed's tongue, and it's difficult to equate this heavy-handed farce with the same film-maker behind the acutely observed In Good Company. Dennis Quaid - a triumph in that film - is wasted here as a US president who hardly knows where the Middle East is, let alone how to bring peace to it. Anyway, he's too busy guest judging on America's most popular TV show. There are funny moments, with Willem Dafoe wickedly dry as the White House Chief of Staff, but the gags are too often unsubtle - especially those concerning Arab characters. Ultimately, this satire is just as shallow as the celebrity-obsessed culture it seeks to lampoon.


The dim-witted US president is plunged into a personal crisis by his dwindling popularity, so his scheming chief of staff arranges an appearance on a popular TV talent show. However, one of the contestants is persuaded by a terrorist group to carry out a suicide bombing. Satirical comedy, starring Hugh Grant, Mandy Moore, Dennis Quaid and Willem Dafoe.

Cast & Crew

Martin Tweed Hugh Grant
President Staton Dennis Quaid
Sally Kendoo Mandy Moore
First Lady Marcia Gay Harden
William Williams Chris Klein
Martha Kendoo Jennifer Coolidge
Chief of Staff Willem Dafoe
Omer Sam Golzari
Director Paul Weitz
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: Swearing, sexual references.Available on: DVDReleased on: 21 Apr 2006