Proud American (2008)
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As conceived, written, directed, and produced by Fred Ashman, this unabashedly patriotic, flag-waving film celebrates Americana and the elements of the United States that make it a unique and dynamic country -- from its ethnic, religious, and ideological tolerance to its peerless emphasis on educational opportunity. In addition to featuring picturesque American scenery and patriotic music on the soundtrack, the film interweaves five dramatic vignettes, each relaying the story of an extraordinary American citizen. The cast includes Marc McClure (Superman: The Movie), James B. Sikking (Made of Honor), Ken Howard (In Her Shoes), and Yakov Smirnoff (Brewster's Millions). ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Proud American
It seems more like an hour-and-a-half-long infomercial for America than a narrative film or documentary. Like something you might hallucinate on Flag Day.
A corporate-sponsored, feature-length infomercial on behalf of the core entrepreneurial values of the U.S. of A., Proud American combines unabashed hokiness with relentless oversimplification.
Aside from a few, thankfully, professionally acted performances, it too often carries the preachy, stilted aura of something you'd see in civics class or at a trade show.
Aspires to be inspirational, but suffers from its shameless, jackhammer-style manipulation.
If America's even half as great as writer-producer-director Fred Ashman's almost unfathomably cheesy movie insists, her citizens will rise up to destroy this bathetic rubbish -- or at least make a pitilessly derided cult sensation of it.
Unashamedly sentimental, with nary a big star to its name, "Proud American" is an uplifting documentary about hard work and choosing the right path.
A shameless, soulless tribute to all things schmaltzy in the American character and a thinly disguised advertisement for corporate deregulation.
You can be all for religious tolerance, up-by-the-bootstraps enterprise and love of country and still be turned off by Proud American.
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