Maybe **(two stars)
Are you ready for a movie parody that not only makes fun of
you, (yes you reading this right now, you wouldn't even want
to see American Dreamz if you were not an American
fan) and your country as a whole?
tries to hard to make fun of too many aspects of America and
both its Pop and Political culture. It might have been
better if it had focused on just one genre instead of trying
to be an all encompassing film stretched out to even reach
our fascinations with celebrity and implications (Nick
possibly) of arranged marriage for stardom.
We follow a few of the characters from the amazingly
popular Television show American Dreamz, one of which is
Mandy Moore who can
go from hot to cold in mere seconds.
Mandy is great in
representing what its like to be off camera and a
completely different person on camera, and that is
shockingly realistic. Especially when it comes to her
on screen romance with the super hot but surprisingly
dorky William Williams (Chris
My Favorite line in the whole movie is when
Mandy Moore's agent
tells her to play up the white trash image "America Loves
white trash, look it has done wonders for
" Yes, there were funny scenes but they were far and few
I have to say that I expected big and great things from
Hugh Grant, (who plays
Ryan Seacrest) yet I
was truly disappointed, and dare I say ultimately let down.
I wanted to like this movie, for I do like the real American
Dennis Quaid who played
the president was lack luster in his performance. How can
you mess up an un energetic and spineless president. Who
coincidently is the son of a former president, one who never
reads the paper and never speaks for himself. I have to
tell you will will laugh when the president continues to
repeat what he is hearing in his earpiece on Live TV but the
guy that was feeding him words got distracted and messed up
the president and then he just stood there in horror with a
blank face. It makes me really wonder what it is really
like behind the scenes of America's government.
There is one actor in this film who will not let you down,
the amazingly funny and ultimately hilarious
Jennifer Coolidge but
her role as a stage mom was so minor.
Judy Greer who is in
general an under appreciated actress was a good supporting
character in this film.
They also spoofed the Iranians, and the war issues and how
they want to bomb America but yet they are watching American
Dreamz, it could have been funny but none of them even
looked like real iranians, they were white guys with beards
and talking low.
You will be pleased to know there is a Gay character,
who amazingly reminds me of a little flaming and shallow
superficial friend I used to have. But this Gay kid can act
and dance but he is accidentally (or was it on purpose)
passed up for his straight cousin, however this gay guy
becomes the bigger man and decides to help his not so
talented cousin as his manager.
Again I'm sorry, I really wanted to like this film but
instead I left with such a bad taste in my mouth. I
wouldn't bother going to see it in the theatre wait till it
comes out on Netflix.
Comedy and Drama. On the morning of his re-election, the
President (Dennis Quaid) decides to read the newspaper for
the first time in four years. This starts him down a
slippery slope. He begins reading obsessively, reexamining
his black and white view of the world, holing up in his
bedroom in his pajamas. Frightened by the President's
apparent nervous breakdown, his Chief of Staff pushes him
back into the spotlight, booking him as a guest judge on the
television ratings juggernaut (and the President's personal
fave), the weekly talent show American Dreamz. America can't
seem to get enough of American Dreamz, hosted by
self-aggrandizing, self-loathing Martin Tweed (Hugh Grant),
ever on the lookout for the next insta-celebrity. 107
minutes. MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for brief strong language and
some sexual references).
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