American Dreamz details
|Starring:||Hugh Grant, Dennis Quaid, Mandy Moore, Marcia Gay Harden, Chris Klein, Jennifer Coolidge, Willem Dafoe|
|Studio:||UNIVERSAL PICTURES VIDEO|
|Run time:||1 hour 43 minutes|
|Rental release:||03 Jul 2006|
|Subtitles:||Arabic, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, Swedish|
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Sunday Afternoon Film!By cocode36 from Leicestershire , 30 Apr 2006
[Highly rated reviewer]I went to watch this film at the cinema and expected a lot more than was delivered. I should of thought something was unusual when there was only 4 people in this screenings. (including myself).
There was very few funnny parts, and just had a lackluster storyline. Hugh Grant plays the producer/presenter/only judge and is a mean guy (The supposed "Simon" character). To be blunt, its the worst Hugh Grant film i've ever seen. The elimination stages progress and the final 2 are Mandy Moore and an Iraqi who is being taught by his 'camp' cousin how to sing and dance. The president is a special guest judge in order to help his 'PR' after falling into isolation with books and newspapers. The Iraqi is being told by his 'brothers' back in Iraq to blow up the President on the finale.
All in all, its the sort of film you would watch if nothing else was on TV on a Sunday Afternoon after dinner. You'd fall asleep half way through and wake up not really caring what happened at the end!
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Satire on talent shows like the X FactorBy twosoddingcats (269 reviews) from Kingston-upon-Thames , 24 Sep 2013This is a delicious satire on talent shows like the X Factor with Hugh Grant as it's sleazy and cheesy presenter. Mandy Moore is desperate to win the competition and Chris Klein is fantastic as her dumb and naive boyfriend who doesn't realise she is using him as a good human interest back story to win the competition...but she has a hot rival; a Middle Eastern contestant who loves to sing but who also unfortunately is a radicalised islamist who is coerced into blowing himself up as a martyr when the President of the United States (Dennis Quaid as a super thick President modelled on Bush?) is a guest judge. But will he blow himself up? Or does he just love show tunes as his mother loved them also? As a dark, dry satire, this is brilliant.
satire liteBy docboz (26 reviews) from WELLS , 25 Oct 2011This film skates a thin line between awfulness and rather bleak satire. The tone is unusual - to see Al-Qaeda training camps and suicide bombing played for laughs in such a cartoony fashion is unusual. Yet it works, but possibly only just.
This film is a sharp comedy about what motivates people and but delivers its payload in such a light and frivolous way that it appears many viewers may have missed the point - which is is the director and editors fault in the end. That said, I find many films listed and hailed as comedies deeply un-funny and actually a little disturbing. Happy Go Lucky is a good example. Even Eddie Marshan thought that was a tragedy when he was filming it, and I agreed!
In America Dreamz a lot of the laughs are in the background, in the reactions, often away from the main action of the scene. Quaid's bemused authority as the President is great, another of my favorites was the undercover terrorist applying his sunblock in the jacuzzi.
Anyhow we enjoyed it in our family, but then we liked Music and Lyrics and the first Miss Congeniality. Maybe its because we don't care if its a little silly, professionally delivered, light entertainment ...
Good God it's CRAP!By millychambers (1 review) from manchester, uk , 11 Feb 2010Anyone thinking 'oh, it's a Hugh Grant film, can't be too bad' - you are WRONG.
This 'film' dredges the very bottom of all that is good and respectable and interesting.
Hugh Grant is on his worst ever form, the whole film feels cheap and low-budget.
The plot is awfully thin, predictable and cheesy.
I am normally a fan of Mandy Moore (especially in 'Because I Said So', a brilliant film with Diane Keaton) - but here she was under-used and over-exposed by the appaling script.
Don't bother, unless you really are missing the X-Factor, Idol or BGT season so much that you need a dose of reality type tv.
Hugh should be ashamed.
I am, that I bothered renting it.
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More like a American NightmareBy a customer from Chatham , 31 Jul 2009This film was the worst spent 1 1/2 hours of my life.
'American Dreamz'By dadand2kids (6 reviews) from Northampton , 04 Mar 2009dont bother 'listen to the radio instead'