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At Theaters: 4/21/2006 On Video: 10/17/2006
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 55 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 469925
Studio: Universal Pictures Inc.
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The President decides to read the newspaper on the morning of his re-election and ends up staying in his bedroom. His Chief of Staff pushes him back into the spotlight by booking him as a guest judge on "American Dreamz".
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Comedy - This is sharp, witty satire of both American Idol-like talent shows and the current political climate. As such, it hits a wide variety of comic targets, offering both the broad and silly in addition to smarter humor, and would have appeal from teens on up.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Hugh Grant BRIDGET JONES: THE EDGE OF REASON, LOVE ACTUALLY
Dennis Quaid YOURS, MINE AND OURS, IN GOOD COMPANY
Mandy Moore CHASING LIBERTY, HOW TO DEAL, A WALK TO REMEMBER
Marcia Gay Harden THE BAD NEWS BEARS, WELCOME TO MOOSEPORT
Chris Klein JUST FRIENDS, ROLLERBALL, AMERICAN PIE 2
Director: Paul Weitz IN GOOD COMPANY
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About The Production
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 1 F-word, 2 S-words, a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: Some sex humor; unseen/implied sex.
VIOLENCE: A shooting.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol.
ACTION: An explosion.
COMEDY: Political and pop culture satire; mild sex humor; slapstick.
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Above Average

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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Above Average Movies like this succeed or fail based on how frequently and loudly the jokes make viewers laugh. And, although American Dreamz has its moments, the humor is neither consistent nor inspired.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Good The movie is more slapdash than smooth, more impulsive than calculating, and it takes cheap shots. I responded to its savage, sloppy zeal.

USA Today Full Review
Good ...conceived by writer/director Paul Weitz (About a Boy), has a dogged sense of hope amid its broad humor. It doesn't wholly succeed as a sharp-tongued satire, but its farcical elements hit their mark.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 62 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
6
High
83%
13-19Teens (F)
18
About 50/50
83%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
6
Low
50%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
7
Low
57%
30+Adults (M)
12
Fairly High
75%
30+Adults (F)
13
Fairly High
77%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 62 moviegoers: Very mixed opinions, to say the least. About half of the teens, both male and female, enjoyed "American Dreamz," rating it "Very Good," or higher. Unfortunately, most of the remaining half rated it pretty low. So, for teens it's a toss up.

The twentysomething males and females rated it quite low. Very few of them enjoyed it. I certainly wouldn't recommend it to them.

Adults, on the other hand, rated it pretty high. There weren't that many very high opinions, but there were a good number of above average opinions. But, there were also quite a few very low opinions. So, for adults, "American Dreamz" is a bit of a risk. You might want to reduce that risk at a matinee.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
On the morning of his re-election, the President (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 (Dafoe) 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 (Grant), ever on the lookout for the next insta-celebrity. His latest crop of hopefuls includes Sally (Moore), a conniving steel magnolia with a devoted, dopey veteran boyfriend (Klein), and Omer, a recent Southern Californian immigrant (who just happens to be a bumbling, show tune singing, would-be terrorist awaiting activation). When both Sally and Omer make it to the final round of Dreamz-where the President will be judging along with Tweed-the stage is set for a show the nation will never forget.

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