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American Dreamz

IMAGINE A COUNTRY WHERE THE PRESIDENT NEVER READS THE NEWSPAPER, WHERE THE GOVERNMENT GOES TO WAR FOR ALL THE WRONG REASONS, AND MORE PEOPLE VOTE FOR A POP IDOL THAN THEIR NEXT PRESIDENT.Ā 

americandreamzDirector Paul Weitz is almost overreaching here. Weā€™re introduced to the quite depressed U.S. President (Dennis Quaid), the cynical host (Hugh Grant) of an American Idol-type show, and two of the contestants, career-minded Sally (Mandy Moore) and a potential suicide bomber (Sam Golzari). Neither of them is sure of what to do with their lives; that idea is the raison d’etre of Weitz’s screenplay, but the radical mix of showbiz and politics is jarring at times. Ultimately though, it is a funny and charming satire with a vivid cast; Moore is perfect and Grant amusing as the Simon Cowell type.

2006-U.S. 107 min. Color. Written and directed byĀ Paul Weitz. Cast: Hugh Grant (Martin Tweed), Dennis Quaid (Joe Staton), Mandy Moore (Sally Kendoo), Willem Dafoe, Chris Klein, Jennifer Coolidge… Marcia Gay Harden. Cameo: Carmen Electra.

 

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