American Dreamz

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"Imagine a country where more people vote for a pop idol than they do for their next President."
  • PG-13
  • 2002
  • 1 hr 47 min
  • 5.5  (25,179)
  • 45

American Dreamz is a satirical comedy that comments on the media’s role in shaping American culture and politics. The film, directed by Paul Weitz, was released in 2006 and features an ensemble cast that includes Hugh Grant, Dennis Quaid, Mandy Moore, and Willem Dafoe. The film is set against the backdrop of the popular television show American Dreamz, a singing competition that is a mix of American Idol and The Apprentice. The show is hosted by the pompous and vain Martin Tweed (Hugh Grant), who is more concerned with ratings than with the artistic talent of the contestants. The contestants on the show include Sally Kendoo (Mandy Moore), a sweet and ambitious singer who will do anything to win, and Omer (Sam Golzari), a naïve and talented Iraqi immigrant who is competing to raise money for his village back home.

Meanwhile, the President of the United States, Joseph Staton (Dennis Quaid), is suffering from low approval ratings and decides to appear as a guest judge on American Dreamz to win over the American public. However, when he falls into a coma after watching the show’s stage pyrotechnics, his ambitious Chief of Staff (Willem Dafoe) sees an opportunity to manipulate the situation to his advantage.

Throughout the film, Weitz uses humor to comment on a range of issues, including the media’s obsession with celebrity, the shallow nature of reality TV, and the Bush Administration’s handling of the Iraq War. The film also highlights the cultural differences between America and the Middle East, with Omer’s storyline providing a counterpoint to the frivolous nature of American Dreamz.

One of the film’s strengths is its ensemble cast, with each actor delivering a nuanced and entertaining performance. Hugh Grant is particularly enjoyable as the over-the-top Martin Tweed, while Mandy Moore shows off her vocal skills and comedic timing as the eager-to-please Sally Kendoo. Dennis Quaid also shines as the bumbling and clueless President Staton, balancing humor and pathos in his portrayal.

The film’s script is both witty and clever, with a number of memorable lines and satirical jabs at contemporary culture. Weitz’s direction is also top-notch, with well-executed musical numbers and a strong visual style that echoes the bright and bold colors of American Dreamz.

In many ways, American Dreamz feels like a precursor to films like The Hunger Games, which similarly satirizes our obsession with entertainment and the media’s role in shaping our worldviews. While the film’s politics may be polarizing for some viewers, the humor and satire are sure to resonate with audiences who appreciate a clever and thought-provoking comedy.

Overall, American Dreamz is an entertaining and engaging film that uses humor to comment on contemporary American culture and politics. With a strong cast and a clever script, the film is sure to delight audiences looking for a unique and satirical take on reality television, politics, and celebrity.

American Dreamz is a 2002 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 47 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.5 and a MetaScore of 45.

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