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American Dreamz

  • Comedy
  • 2006
  • Paul Weitz
  • 102 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Satirical comedy starring Hugh Grant and Dennis Quaid. Worried that the newly re-elected President Staton is becoming a recluse, his harassed chief of staff arranges for him to improve his public profile by becoming a guest judge on top-rated TV talent show American Dreamz. But as Staton prepares to face the cameras, sinister forces are planning an explosive finale for the show.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Martin TweedHugh Grant
President StatonDennis Quaid
Sally KendooMandy Moore
First LadyMarcia Gay Harden
William WilliamsChris Klein
Martha KendooJennifer Coolidge
Chief of StaffWillem Dafoe
OmerSam Golzari

Crew

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DirectorPaul Weitz

Details

Theatrical distributor
UIP
Released on
2006-04-21
Guidance
Swearing, sexual references.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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