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My Fellow Americans (1996)



Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 16

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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




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.

October 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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As political satire, My Fellow Americans makes a poor candidate.

October 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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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.

October 22, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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I'd cheerfully vote the writers, director and producers of My Fellow Americans out of office.

October 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal
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The movie suggests we get the government we deserve, but do we really deserve this movie?

October 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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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.

October 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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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.

October 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

If only movies could be impeached.

October 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

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.

October 22, 2013 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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.

October 22, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

October 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Peter Segal's comedy has a few witty moments surrounded by a lot of silliness.

October 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Strained and obvious political comedy that wastes some really great actors.

April 3, 2005 | Comment (1)

Garner and Lemmon's chemistry save the film.

July 16, 2003 | Comment (1)
Juicy Cerebellum

It's a buddy film. It's a conspiracy thriller. It's a political parody. What it isn't is a particularly funny movie.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Palo Alto Weekly
Palo Alto Weekly

Watch two grandmasters of comic timing snipe at each other for the length of a feature? Sure, where do I sign up?

January 11, 2003

Audience Reviews for My Fellow Americans

For better or for worse, MY FELLOW AMERICANS gains its humor mostly by establishing itself within the first five minutes as a highly fictionalized, unrealistic account of two U.S. Presidents that would have never even gotten close to election. Each one of them behaves like a modern day ‚Fourth Stooge,‚? and on top of that, neither one seems to care one bit about American issues such as racism and illegal immigration. (If anything, they both seem to accept it as an every day concept.) If any of the United States Presidents were to ever be anything like this, the world would be a much different place.
January 29, 2012

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Perfect casting as Jack Lemon and James Garner play American ex-Presidents in quite a believable way in both terms of looks and attitude. A brilliant team up with both actors being on top form with witty dialog and some great one two's as they bicker and fight across the Southern Appalachians trying to get their evidence of a conspiracy back to the current President.

The film is really quite underrated and plays out so well with the two leads having superb timing and really nailing their moments with good old fashioned classic comedy. The plot isn't too complex, it looks really good with some great looking sets (I presume) of the White House, Airforce One plus some nice location work as the two stars bumble through nature.

Was meant to be a Lemon and Matthau double team flick but to be honest I think this duo works better as Garner really fit the role so well, highly recommended :)
August 9, 2011

Super Reviewer

More or less, could be much better.
June 20, 2011
Lucas Martins

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Jack Lemmon and James Garner are rivals and ex- presidents.
April 12, 2008
Candy Rose

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    1. 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.
    – Submitted by John O (2 years ago)
    1. Matt Douglas: You pussy.
    – Submitted by Suzanne S (2 years ago)
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