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American Dreamz (2006)
Comedy,Music
USA / English
"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. "
The new season of "American Dreamz," the wildly popular television singing contest, has captured the country's attention, as the competition looks to be between a young Midwestern gal (Moore) and a showtunes-loving young man from Orange County (Golzari). Recently awakened President Staton (Quaid) even wants in on the craze, as he signs up for the potential explosive season finale.
Hugh Grant Martin Tweed
Dennis Quaid President Staton
Mandy Moore Sally Kendoo
Willem Dafoe Chief of Staff
Chris Klein William Williams
Jennifer Coolidge Martha Kendoo
Sam Golzari Omer
Marcia Gay Harden First Lady
Seth Meyers Chet Krogl
John Cho Ittles
Judy Greer Accordo
Bernard White Agha Babur
Tony Yalda Iqbal Riza
Noureen DeWulf Shazzy Riza
Shohreh Aghdashloo Nazneen Riza
Director: Paul Weitz
Producer: Rodney Liber,Andrew Miano,Paul Weitz
Writer: Paul Weitz
No poignant satire, just a superficially adapted treatment
It could've been good, it could've been funny, it could've been poignant, it could've been merciless and harsh. However, American DREAMZ is nothing like it. It's a "what if" idea that seems just like an adapted treatment. I can imagine the brainstorming session: "What if we made a satire on "American Idol", or "Pop Idol"?" - "Yeah, that'd be a real blast!" - "Oh, oh, what if the candidates are a Orthodox Jew and an Arabian terrorist sleeper!" - "Great, but we need some sex appeal, how about a curvaceous white trash go-getter?" - "And for the host we have Hugh as Simon Callow, he wants to play someone nasty." "Swell!" That doesn't sound like a satire so far, just a spoof? True, but the biggie woofer idea is: "What if we make the dumb President of the United States a guest juror!" "Whoah! And he just found his conscience, and - get this - READS newspapers! And his chief of staff is worried so he tries to get the Prez back on track, where he was his puppet on a string..." American DREAMZ is mildly funny, but it ain't no WAG THE DOG, DR. STRANGELOVE, NETWORK or MASH. None of the characters gain any depth and remain farcially shallow, none of the story lines evolve, they just hit the next destined treatment milestones, whether the story lead to it or not. This film doesn't annoy you, but you sit in your seat, desperately wanting to laugh. And there is much potential for a sharp, witty comedy. But almost none of it gets fired up fully. Plainly a missed opportunity!

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Seen it:Ja
Nr of disks/tapes:1
Storage device:Divx 1
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Imdb rating: 5.8
Musician: Stephen Trask
Running time: 107 min
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Last modified: 2007-07-18 22:37:2