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Willem Dafoe American Dreamz
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 --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.See all Product Description
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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.
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.
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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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,... Read more
Quite a good film, it has Hugh Grant in it so i am very happy. Worth giving it a look.Published on 20 Nov. 2013 by Tula Mayne
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
WIERD film. A bit disturbing. Not funny at all. Not even a happy ending. (Sorry if I've ruined it for anyone!)Published on 27 Aug. 2013 by A.N.
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 on 14 Aug. 2013 by V M Hill
I was quite looking forward to this but didn't realise that it was set up as a spoof-comedy type movie. Read morePublished on 15 Jun. 2013 by Mrs. A. Fotheringham
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 morePublished on 30 Sept. 2012 by Jo
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 morePublished on 18 Mar. 2010 by Rosey Lea