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American Dreamz [DVD]

Hugh Grant , Dennis Quaid , John Cho    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Hugh Grant, Dennis Quaid, Mandy Moore, Willem Dafoe, Jennifer Coolidge
  • Directors: John Cho
  • Producers: Stephen Trask, Rodney Liber, Andrew Miano, Chris Weitz
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish
  • Dubbed: Russian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal Pictures Video
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Mar 2010
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FP305C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,261 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



A sadly muddled and unsatisfying film, American Dreamz is beset by an identity crisis it never manages to answer.

On paper, it's promising, if hardly radical. Hugh Grant plays the host of a top-rated American talent show. On his quest for ratings, he casts his net far and wide hunting for hopefuls, bringing in the likes of Mandy Moore as he does so. And a wannabe terrorist too. Which doesn't really make too much sense when you watch it either. Throw in an insecure President of the United States--played by Dennis Quaid--who finds himself, thanks to his key adviser (Willem Dafoe) as a guest judge on the show, and you have something of a mess.

What's most surprising is that behind the camera is Paul Weitz, who's of late built upon his initial success with American Pie and brought us the excellent About A Boy (which again starred Grant), and the woefully-underrated In Good Company (which starred Quaid). Yet he's simply unable to work his magic here, as the film simply fails to gel. As a satire, it's targets are too soft and obvious, as a broad comedy it lacks laughs, and even as a straight hour and a half of easy entertainment, it's far too jumbled to be able to relax and enjoy.

There may be an argument that in the midst of all of this is a decent enough movie struggling to break through. But the point is that it doesn't, and given the calibre and curriculum vitaes of some of those involved, American Dreamz has to be classed as a crushing disappointment. --Simon Brew

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American Dreamz [DVD]

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By haunted
"American Dreamz" seems to have all the ingredients to be a great satirical comedy but I thought that the result was less than the sum of its parts.

There is good cast, including talented actors such as Hugh Grant, Dennis Quaid and Mandy Moore. The premise is also good - a satirical look at both TV talent shows and politics. However it just doesn't have enough laughs to deliver on its promise.

The movie is about a show like Pop Idol or the X Factor. The shows producers and its jaded presenter, played by Grant, are desperate to keep ratings high and so handpick the contestants they want to be in the final
One of these is played by Moore. She appears as an All-american girl next door but will do ANYTHING to win. By accident, Omer, an Arab staying with cousins in the US is also picked. He also happens to be a sleeper agent for an Islamic terrorist group.

The other thread to the movie is about the US President, played by Dennis Quaid. He is depressed and refuses to go out in public but is persuaded by his Chief of Staff (Willem Dafoe) to increase his popularity by going on the shows finale as a judge.

Perhaps it is the presence of two radically different storylines that leads to the movie struggling unsuccessfully to be funny. There are too many characters that we have to keep track of. A potentially interesting storyline about the relationship between the Grant's character and Moore's, one more self obsessed than the other, is not explored fully as the movies rushes to a chaotic and unsatisfying climax.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Amusing 6 Mar 2008
I am not a big fan of Hugh Grant and so that fact, together with the bad reviews this film got, meant I did not go to see it at the cinema. However I am so glad I got it on DVD. Maybe it's just my sense of humour, maybe it's because I have enjoyed The X Factor, but I found this parody of the t.v. show funny from start to finish. I was almost on the edge of my seat wondering if the bumbling terrorist who, by complete fluke, ends up in the competition will manage to assasinate the President. The final scenes, even while dealing with tragedy, manage to be hilarious too. I can see from other reviews that it doesn't appeal to everyone's sense of humour so I can't guarantee you will like it but I can only say that I found it very entertaining and wished the film had been longer as it seemed over far too quickly.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Daft but funny satire on American Idol 5 Sep 2006
By Mr. Stephen Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I have to confess I enjoyed this - but it's quite a guilty pleasure, as it's hard to find the merit in it.. Everyone seems to be trying hard to lampoon real life. Dennis Quaid IS Pres Bush... Willem Defoe IS Dick Cheney... Hugh Grant IS Simon Cowell... and the humour is mostly found in recognising the lampooning that is going on. However the potential for biting satire is largely thrown away... it's still there, but not so biting (Defoe, at a press conference describes the recent visit from the Russian premier - `The president and Mr. Putin had a nice talk. The president considers him a close friend, while of course deeply mistrusting his undemocratic tendencies.'). This makes for a movie where the characters are for the most part either stupid or unlikable - mostly both.

And yet, when the ingredients are put together and we have a talent show with a failed Arab terrorist who just wants to sing, a budding starlet who will do anything to be famous (even her name is `Kandoo') and the MC is one of the most loathable and self loathing characters in years - the end result is amusing, and even in some cases surprising. But the reliance on current issues means that a year or more from now this movie is already going to look dated..

Think twice before buying, but rent it for a chuckle if you like.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastically Sick! 12 July 2007
I found this film wonderfully critical of everything that is Pop Idol, Simon Cowell, George Bush and America in general - although that may explain why the Americans weren't so keen!
The film is a clear spoof about reality TV shows and American values, and had me laughing all the way through.
I think that if you're looking for some sort of meaningful plot-line, or are not into irony, then this film might not be for you. However, if you hate Simon Cowell, think George Bush is the worst thing since "Steps" and don't take anything too seriously, then you will probably enjoy this film as much as I did!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hit and miss satire....... 1 April 2007
American Dreamz heart is in the right place, and tongue firmly in cheek. You've gotta give props to any film that tries to combine lampooning reality television, with commentary on the Middle East, the society we are becoming, and the interesting take that President Bush is misunderstood....

Overall, I liked it. I agree it is uneven, and sometimes laughs are slow coming, but the final 20 minutes is very funny. I disagree the plot was hard to follow, its pretty straightforward if you ask me. Satire is meant to be both funny, and slightly uncomfortable, and this does that. Worth a watch, but not a masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clever and hilarious 1 Mar 2014
I liked this film enormously - from the beginning, where the loveable terrorist dances to American musicals,
to the end where the chat-show host meets his well-deserved end, everything was splendidly ridiculous and I have
laughed my way through it over and over again
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4.0 out of 5 stars HUGH GRANT
Quite a good film, it has Hugh Grant in it so i am very happy. Worth giving it a look.
Published 5 months ago by Tula Mayne
5.0 out of 5 stars a great comedy in parody to reality singing show like x factor &...
I only caught this movie a while back but I found it funny from beginning to end
Hugh grant plays a character which would remind you of a certain reality show judge simon... Read more
Published 5 months ago by claire
1.0 out of 5 stars American Dreamz
WIERD film. A bit disturbing. Not funny at all. Not even a happy ending. (Sorry if I've ruined it for anyone!)
Published 7 months ago by MLE
3.0 out of 5 stars Dennis Quaid saves the film
The film is not the best but is livened up and made amusing by Dennis Quaid. He took what could have been a total wash and injected some life into it.
Published 8 months ago by V M Hill
1.0 out of 5 stars Well that's 2 hours I won't get back!
I was quite looking forward to this but didn't realise that it was set up as a spoof-comedy type movie. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mrs. A. Fotheringham
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD FILM OF DREAMZ
I really loved this DVD film. I was most impressed with the efficiency and prompt delivery of my purchase. I would highly recommend Amazon to family and friends. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jo
5.0 out of 5 stars Under-rated Gem
On paper this film plot doesn't seem to work - a satire of American Idol, the Bush Jr presidency and suicide bombers sounds like a mess. But it works to amazing effect. Read more
Published on 18 Mar 2010 by Rosey Lea
1.0 out of 5 stars Racist, Pretentious and Immoral
This film pretends to be a spoof about the current obsession with superficial fame as expressed through 'singing' 'talent' shows. Read more
Published on 30 Aug 2008 by Roshan
3.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly good
im not a fan of hugh grants but it has to said i liked this movie it was funny and ejoyable
Published on 7 Jun 2008 by martin thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised!
I bought this DVD for 3 euros. I was, frankly, not expecting much but, hey, I can look at Hugh Grant for 2 hours, even now, so for 3 euros, why not? Now, I will be honest. Read more
Published on 13 May 2008 by MayGoodComeToUs
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