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American Dreamz (2006)


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

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

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 42
Fresh: 17
Rotten: 25

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


Average Rating: 2.7/5
User Ratings: 95,977


Movie Info

On the morning of his re-election, the President decides to read the newspaper for the first time in four years. This starts him down a slippery slope. He begins reading obsessively, reexamining his black and white view of the world, holing up in his bedroom in his pajamas. Frightened by the President's apparent nervous breakdown, his Chief of Staff pushes him back into the spotlight, booking him as a guest judge on the television ratings juggernaut (and the President's personal fave), the … More

PG-13 (for brief strong language and some sexual references.)
Drama , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Paul Weitz
In Theaters:
Oct 3, 2006
Box Office:
Universal Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for American Dreamz

All Critics (165) | Top Critics (43) | 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.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 5, 2006
The New Republic
Top Critic

[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
Top Critic

Great satires draw blood. American Dreamz barely nicks the surface.

Full Review… | April 27, 2006
AV Club
Top Critic

In the words of Simon, it's a complete and utter disaster.

Full Review… | April 24, 2006
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

[Paul] Weitz co-directed the wonderful About a Boy in 2002, but in Dreamz -- a tediously facile satire -- his comic instincts fail him.

Full Review… | April 21, 2006
Washington Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010

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

Full Review… | August 30, 2009

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

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
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

Full Review… | April 20, 2009

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

Full Review… | April 8, 2007

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

Full Review… | December 13, 2006
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

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

Full Review… | November 30, 2006

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.

Full Review… | September 8, 2006
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.

Full Review… | July 7, 2006
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.

Full Review… | June 11, 2006

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

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

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

Full Review… | May 12, 2006
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.

Full Review… | May 12, 2006
Sacramento News & Review

Dreamz is a nightmare!

Full Review… | May 7, 2006

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

Full Review… | May 6, 2006
Shadows on the Wall

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

Full Review… | May 6, 2006

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

Full Review… | May 6, 2006
Austin Chronicle

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

Full Review… | May 6, 2006
Empire Magazine

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

Full Review… | May 6, 2006

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.

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

This movie sucked, I hated every moment of it. It was unfunny, bad story, characters are idiots, and the ending was retarded.

Jim Careter

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?"

Alice Shen

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!

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

American Dreamz Quotes

Sally Kendoo:
[while kissing in vid] Did you get that?
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