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American Dreamz (2006)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Music | 21 April 2006 (USA)
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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.

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Paul Weitz

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Paul Weitz
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
Winter Jones ... Iqbal Riza (as Tony Yalda)
Noureen DeWulf ... Shazzy Riza (as Noureen Dewulf)
Shohreh Aghdashloo ... Nazneen Riza
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Storyline

Martin Tweed is the host of a talent show called American Dreamz, and whilst he despises each new season, it's a hit with the ratings. Tweed decides it's time for a new and interesting batch of contestants, and sends out his team to find the weirdest bunch possible. Whilst all this is happening, the President of the United States is becoming more and more depressed, and relies on his Chief of Staff to talk him through everything, even into appearing as a judge on the TV show. Perfect news for the terrorists who use the talent contest as a way to reach the President. Written by FilmFanUK

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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. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

UIP [France] | UIP [UK] | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

21 April 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Dreamz See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,667,420, 23 April 2006

Gross USA:

$7,191,830

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,656,103
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The interior White House scenes were shot on the set of The West Wing (1999). See more »

Goofs

The United States Soldiers seen in Iraq are supposed to be in the 4th Infantry Division but are wearing incorrect unit patches. See more »

Quotes

[from trailer]
Martin Tweed: That's weird, one can become quite detached from reality when one's famous.
Sally Kendoo: That sounds so cool.
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Connections

Spoofs American Idol (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Luck Be a Lady
from Guys and Dolls (1955)
Written by Frank Loesser
Performed by Sam Golzari
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American (Z)atire
28 December 2014 | by Dr_SaganSee all my reviews

This is an attempt for a multi-satire. And by that I mean a satire with far too many recipients to be really effective in any of them.

This movie tries to ...hmm...well...let's count: The dream of regular people that want basically to be famous and treated as such. Their mothers who want their children to succeed where themselves failed. The myth (?) of one true love. How ruthless can you be with other people feelings. The need for (any) heroes. The government, the POTUS and how they operate. The Jihadists who might be more into the American culture than they can admit. The long lasted public figures who are sick of themselves etc. etc. etc.

The movie as an entertainment is so-so. The cast is good and it delivers some good performances but something is missing to glue them all together. A couple of scenes are funny but i personally got a sad feeling watching this movie. Especially because of the ending which I obviously won't spoil.

Overall: Even if you have a couple of hours to spend I wouldn't recommended it. It's not bad but seems more like a hit and miss.


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