American Dreamz

April 21st, 2006


American Dreamz

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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.

Release Year: 2006

Rating: 5.6/10 (17,116 voted)

Critic's Score: 45/100

Director: Paul Weitz

Stars: Hugh Grant, Dennis Quaid, Mandy Moore

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.

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

Taglines: Everyone's gotta have....


Official Website: UIP [France] | UIP [uk] |

Release Date: 21 April 2006

Filming Locations: Los Angeles Center Studios - 450 S. Bixel Street, Downtown, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $3,667,420 (USA) (23 April 2006) (1500 Screens)

Gross: $14,560,987 (Worldwide) (18 June 2006)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Writer/director Paul Weitz claims that he wrote the original draft of the American Dreamz script before he had ever watched an episode of American Idol.

Continuity: On the tray with the President's breakfast there's a small coffee pot placed right at the middle of the tray, obscuring the reflection of the camera. When the tray enters the President's bedroom, the pot has moved to the side of the tray.

Sally Kendoo: I think it's time we broke up. Your life is here,
[puts her hand low]
Sally Kendoo: my life is here
[makes a rocket-like motion blasting off]

User Review

a RARE satire because it breaks taboos about what we can satirize

Rating: 9/10

Perhaps this film has gotten mixed reviews because it breaks an unwritten code about how far a movie can go in satirizing America's myths. When before have we seen the President of the United States on happy pills and robotic-ally pro- gram-med by his Rovelike handlers ? Who would suggest that an Al-Quaeda training camp could be funny and that someone in it has up scale all-American relatives in Orange County, California ? Could our love affair with American Idol be an escape from the collapsing American middle class way of life ?

This film IS often funny but it doesn't want that humor to stay in a feel good zone. It WANTS to make us uncomfortable and to face things that we don't want to look at too closely. The "sin" that this film has committed is that it wants us to grow up.


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