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American Dreamz (2002)



Average Rating: 5.3/10
Reviews Counted: 157
Fresh: 64 | Rotten: 93

This overly silly satire aims at too many targets with arrows too dull to make relevant social commentary.


Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 40
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 24

This overly silly satire aims at too many targets with arrows too dull to make relevant social commentary.



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The President of the United States (Dennis Quaid) seems to be having a nervous breakdown after picking up a newspaper for the first time in four years, and when his Chief of Staff (Willem Dafoe) determines to get the Commander in Chief out of his pajamas and back into the spotlight, the stage is set for a talent contest that the nation will never forget. To President Staton, the world is a fairly black-and-white place, but a glance at the daily headlines on the eve of his reelection leaves the


Drama, Comedy

Paul Weitz

Oct 3, 2006


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All Critics (165) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (64) | Rotten (93) | DVD (16)

...Opting for a broad, light mood that's at complete odds with the darker potential of its political premise.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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A moderately engaging satire, some of it amusing and some of it strained, but in considerable measure it reflects a strange circumstance in all our lives.

May 5, 2006 Full Review Source: The New Republic
The New Republic
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[A] satirically unbalanced in its attempted fusion of such varied targets as George Bush, Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, Muslim suicide bombers, and the hosts and contestants on American Idol.

April 27, 2006
New York Observer
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In the words of Simon, it's a complete and utter disaster.

April 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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[Paul] Weitz co-directed the wonderful About a Boy in 2002, but in Dreamz -- a tediously facile satire -- his comic instincts fail him.

April 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Like a commander-in-chief who's too good-naturedly dumb to be dangerous, the writer-director is ultimately too forgiving to do much bruising. (Or maybe too calculating, which kind of blurs into the same thing.)

April 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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American Dreamz tries hard to be both important and farcical, but it leans a bit too much towards farce without being funny enough to pull that off either. It's decent, but uninspired.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source:

The pieces are all in place for a slashing Preston Sturges jamboree. All that's missing are balls

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

Weitz and crew almost create a "Satire for Dummies" film, featuring gags and social commentary that are neither funny, nor edgy...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Writer/Director Paul Wietz ("In Good Company") tries his hand at creating a topical satire of our current American social-political crisis and comes up far short of capturing the brutal climate of a country running on the fumes of its dismembered civil ri

April 20, 2009 Full Review Source:

Did writer-director Paul Weitz think that U.S. audiences would be too dumb to appreciate actual satire?

April 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinematical

A comedy that delivers in every way, "American Dreamz" easily gets my vote.

December 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Viewers are left with nearly two hours of dull, rather obvious gags.

November 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Reno Gazette-Journal

In a way, this film talks out of both sides of its mouth -- lampooning and loving its targets at the same time. But most viewers, I suspect, won't mind.

September 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Christianity Today
Christianity Today

After a promising start, the film visibly deflates before your eyes, as joke after joke falls flat and Weitz himself seems to forget why he thought the premise was funny in the first place.

July 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

It has the good sense to hold up a mirror to ourselves, only instead of making us feel guilty and stupid, it makes us feel inclusive and in on the big joke.

June 11, 2006 Full Review Source:

There's the seed of a good satire in American Dreamz, but the film flops spectacularly due to a poorly written screenplay.

May 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

A satire that sets its sights too high and elicits only a few laughs here and there.

May 12, 2006 Full Review
Spirituality and Practice

his movie, full of easy swipes at easy targets, comes off like that overly chummy guy at a party who got drunk too early and goes around taking too long to set up a joke that's already been beaten to death.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Dreamz is a nightmare!

May 7, 2006 Full Review

Cleverly written and performed, it's entertaining but uneven.

May 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Subtlety and sincerity go out the window in favour of crass stereotypes and easy jibes ...

May 6, 2006 Full Review Source: BBC

... American Dreamz is kind of all over the place from the beginning.

May 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

For all its misguided qualities, the movie is at least perfectly cast.

May 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

There's a brilliant movie here somewhere, but it's never quite brought out.

May 6, 2006 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

Audience Reviews for American Dreamz

Average comedy that is much better than what I'd think this would be, American Dreamz had good moments of laughter. The cast assembled here are pretty good in their parts. The film pokes fun of American Idol and it does it very well. This isn't the best comedy around, but works well enough to keep you entertained. The film is fairly underrated and it does manage at being one of those films that is much better than what the critics said. I found this film to be very amusing and I'm not one who normally likes these types of films. I enjoyed the film and thought it had plenty of good laughs throughout the film. The script was imperfect, but worked well enough to be entertaining. I thought that Mandy Moore was great here and really was the best part about the film. If you're looking for a good comedy with some good laughs, then this film is for you. The cast make the film interesting and director Paul Weitz keeps the ball rolling in delivering the laughs. American Dreamz is not a perfect comedy, but for what it is, it's a mindless comedy that is underrated. The film is purely a mindless, enjoyable comedy. If you're in the mood for something fun, then give this one a shot, just don't expect anything great with the film. The film nonetheless succeeds at being funny despite its imperfections. The cast make it work well and the gags are funny. This a very good underrated comedy that is worth seeing.
July 1, 2012
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

Laugh-out-loud satire about our land of excess. Omer, the terrorist, is the most reasonable character in the entire movie: "I just feel confused...about this country. There are so many nice people here, but it does so much harm in the world... So to what degree is this country culpable for its actions? Are Americans to blame for America?"
July 10, 2010

Super Reviewer

American Dreamz has good intentions, it just takes too much on. Weitz should have picked a subject, concentrated on that one subject and he'd have been laughing. In the end his attempt at satire just becomes a gibbering rant that goes of at such a tangent that the entire point soon gets lost. It's a shame but there are enough witty quips to keep you mildly entertained and I thought Dennis Quaid did a good Bush impression!
June 1, 2010

Super Reviewer

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