My Fellow Americans (1996)
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In this comedy, Russell P. Kramer (Jack Lemmon) and Matt Douglas (James Garner) are two former U.S. Presidents who sit on opposite sides of the political fence. Kramer is a stuffy Republican reluctant to part with a dollar, while Douglas is a left-leaning Democrat with an eye for the ladies. Douglas succeeded Kramer in office after a single term, while Douglas, after four years as chief executive, lost to his former running mate William Haney (Dan Aykroyd). When the facts about a bribery scheme
Dec 20, 1996 Wide
Aug 27, 1997
Warner Home Video
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Using talent of this order on a script this weak, along with merely decorative appearances by the likes of Lauren Bacall and Wilford Brimley, amounts to the Hollywood equivalent of government waste.
Yes, it's Grumpy Old Presidents, in which most of the comedy comes from the supposed shock of hearing two senior citizens cursing at each other in terms Beavis and Butt-head would find inelegant.
I'd cheerfully vote the writers, director and producers of My Fellow Americans out of office.
The movie suggests we get the government we deserve, but do we really deserve this movie?
It takes a special actor's grace to survive a script as lame as My Fellow Americans, and James Garner has it. Without appearing to break a sweat, Garner makes each grotesquely desperate attempt at humor look smooth and assured.
If My Fellow Americans had ever decided which movie it wanted to be, it might have been pretty good. As it is, the good half and the bad half all but cancel each other out.
Mostly, My Fellow Americans is solidly written, offbeat entertainment well-served by the fine leads, clever casting of supporting roles and a script that holds together, even through a less-than-stellar finale.
The surprise of this comedy... is how sharply written it is -- almost sharply enough to overcome the crude direction that grotesquely overemphasizes the picture's inevitable sentimental interludes.
Okay, so it's Midnight Run meets All The President's Men, but the Lemmon-Garner rapport is dynamite and the glittering support cast of Lauren Bacall, Dan Aykroyd and John Heard are given sparkling dialogue.
Peter Segal's comedy has a few witty moments surrounded by a lot of silliness.
Garner and Jack Lemmon have enough charisma, and there are enough solid laughs, to mostly overcome My Fellow Americans' embarrassing moments and improbable ending.
Strained and obvious political comedy that wastes some really great actors.
It's a buddy film. It's a conspiracy thriller. It's a political parody. What it isn't is a particularly funny movie.
Watch two grandmasters of comic timing snipe at each other for the length of a feature? Sure, where do I sign up?
Audience Reviews for My Fellow Americans
- Matt Douglas: If I'm going to have to listen to you bitch don't be suprised when I beat you to death with my shoe.
- Matt Douglas: You pussy.
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