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American Dreamz Was a Nightmare

I am all for political satire, and parody of some of the foolishness of pop culture, but American Dreamz was one of the most disappointing films I have ever seen.

Director and writer, Paul Weitz, missed the mark on writing good comedy by resorting to predictable buffoonery that lost its comedic value early on in the film.

Intended to clearly make fun of the show American Idol , and President George W. Bush, the cast of characters were clearly identifiable in this ridiculous spoof.

Even with a recognizable list of actors, including Hugh Grant, Dennis Quaid, Willem Dafoe, and Mandy Moore, there was little redeeming quality to this film, unless one appreciates sophomoric humor, content to ridicule one particular president.

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JohnRoberts wrote on September 3, 2015, 9:21 AM

This film was never on my viewing radar. These kind of satires never seem to pan out.

CoralLevang wrote on September 3, 2015, 9:27 AM

Because I went solely on getting it based on the mention of someone saying it was enjoyable, without knowing anything about it, I did not check into its plot/premise. The only redeeming quality was that it was a dumb, no-thought-required movie where I could actually zone out after a particularly stressful day in a courtroom. I even dozed a bit and did not feel it necessary to rewind. AND I did not pay money to rent this movie, as it was a library find.

JohnRoberts wrote on September 3, 2015, 9:33 AM

Can't go wrong with a library DVD. Cost is free to check it out and dump it if you don't like it.

wolfgirl569 wrote on September 3, 2015, 9:48 AM

I never enjoy those types of films so had no plans of watching it

msiduri wrote on September 3, 2015, 10:16 AM

As I've said in the past, it's easy to sneer. Insults are a dime a dozen. Witty insults are a only slightly more expensive. But thoughtful satire that means something is rare. I'll give this one a pass. Thanks for the warning.

Rufuszen wrote on September 3, 2015, 10:32 AM

Always knew there was a reason I avoided this film

CoralLevang wrote on September 3, 2015, 10:38 AM

I never heard of it until someone here mentioned it.

CoralLevang wrote on September 3, 2015, 10:40 AM

msiduri I can appreciate good banter along with the rest of them, but this wasn't worth the two cents I gave by writing the review. emoticon :winking:

CoralLevang wrote on September 3, 2015, 10:40 AM


Rufuszen wrote on September 3, 2015, 10:44 AM

The other reason is I am not a great fan of Hugh Grant.

LoudMan wrote on September 3, 2015, 1:31 PM

WhenevermI need amlaugh, I turn to Airplane or another viewing of "the Jerk." And, if they're gonna parody the presidents, parody them all, except for maybe Kennedy.

CoralLevang wrote on September 3, 2015, 1:59 PM

Airplane was brilliant. I have never seen the Jerk.

inertia4 wrote on September 3, 2015, 7:00 PM

I haven't seen this movie. But I would watch it. As for Bush, well, he was easy to make fun of. Lets face it, he wasn't the brightest bulb in the bunch. And that made for great comedy.

BarbRad wrote on September 4, 2015, 3:03 AM

I have only heard one clever parody of a First Family and that was a very long time ago and it was on an LP. I may still have it. I believe it was even called "The First Family," and it was about JFK, RFK, and the rest of the Kennedy family while they were still in the White House. It wasn't mean, just hilarious. At least I thought so. I wonder if anyone else remembers that.

CoralLevang wrote on September 4, 2015, 5:00 AM

You might enjoy it, I don't know. Mindless humor is not my kind of comedy, most of the time. As far as GWB: Just because someone is an easy mark.... to me, doesn't make it great comedy. It's like playing chess with a 5-year-old. It might be fun to be able to win the first time, when you get the pants beat off you by everyone else, but after the first time, the thrill is gone.

CoralLevang wrote on September 4, 2015, 5:07 AM

Vaughn Meader's "The First Family,"... It is on YouTube. Definitely a bit dated, but yes, I think think it's very funny!! Thank you for this recommendation. I am old enough to remember some of this, and definitely old enough to understand it, having lived shortly after the time.

DWDavisRSL wrote on September 5, 2015, 4:40 PM

I did warn you not to sit down to watch this film with very high expectations. It can only be enjoyed by a viewer willing to put their intellect in a box for the duration of the film. I think it could have been done a whole lot better, but the producers just didn't want to make the effort. That said, I did take guilty pleasure in laughing my way through it.

CoralLevang wrote on September 5, 2015, 4:59 PM

DWDavisRSL Oh, there were a few chuckles, yes, but I didn't think we would be dragging (slinging) the mud for the entire film. emoticon :winking:

AliCanary wrote on September 6, 2015, 9:04 AM

Hmm, I can't even remember hearing about this film, so I guess it didn't do that well, and it sounds as though it didn't deserve to. Despite it's having people I like in it, I think I will avoid it. Thanks for your review!

CoralLevang wrote on September 6, 2015, 9:26 AM

I hadn't heard about it before either. LOL

BarbRad wrote on September 6, 2015, 8:02 PM

Glad you enjoyed it. I supposed you would have to have lived through that era to "get" it all.