American Dreamz (2006) – 6/10 political celebrity terrorist satire movie review

Cast / crew
Writer, Producer and Director: Paul Weitz
Hugh Grant: Martin Tweed
Dennis Quaid: President Staton
Mandy Moore: Sally Kendoo
Marcia Gay Harden: First Lady
Chris Klein: William Williams
Jennifer Coolidge: Martha Kendoo
Shohreh Aghdashloo: Nazneen Riza
Judy Greer: Accordo
John Cho: Ittles
Willem Dafoe: Chief of Staff
Producer: Rodney Liber
Producer: Andrew Miano

American Dreamz (2006)

American Dreamz is the talent show that can make dreams come true. For the producer and star Martin Tweed, his dream is to be more powerful and more famous. For the team supporting a beleaguered President of the United States, their dream is to have their man appear as a guest judge and regain popularity. For ambitious white trash singer Sally, her dream is to become a star at any cost. For arabian sleeper terrorist Omer, his dream is to share his love of showtunes. And for Omer’s handlers, their dream is to blow up the President of the United States.

6/10

This is a satire with some good ideas and some very strong scenes (all with Chris Klein) but it forgot to put it’s teeth in. The recreation of the biggest and most famous television show of the time, American Idol, is hopelessly unconvincing and embarrassingly underwhelming (from the mistakenly mocking theme song "Dreams with a zee" to the tiny stage to the lack of razzmatazz). Without that solid base to build on, we simply cannot suspend our disbelief for the remainder of the thunking plot and we don’t give any weight to the satirical and morality content. However, the propaganda content (look at the silly towel-heads; they want to be American really) works very well; it’s probably offensive if you’re not American.

This movie contains a single sexual swear word, adult dialogue, bad language and violence and sensuality and inferred sex.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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