American Dreamz (2006)



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

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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 weekly talent show American Dreamz. America can't seem to get enough of American Dreamz, hosted by self-aggrandizing, self-loathing Martin Tweed, ever on the lookout for the next insta-celebrity. His latest crop of hopefuls includes Sally, a conniving steel magnolia with a devoted, dopey veteran boyfriend, and Omer, a recent Southern Californian immigrant (who just happens to be a bumbling, show tune singing, would-be terrorist awaiting activation). When both Sally and Omer make it to the final round of Dreamz -- where the President will be judging along with Tweed -- the stage is set for a show the nation will never forget.
PG-13 (for brief strong language and some sexual references.)
Comedy , Drama
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Hugh Grant
as Martin Tweed
Dennis Quaid
as President Staton
Mandy Moore
as Sally Kendoo
Willem Dafoe
as Chief of Staff
Chris Klein
as William Williams
Marcia Gay Harden
as First Lady Staton
Shohreh Aghdashloo
as Nazneen Riza
Jennifer Coolidge
as Mrs. Kendoo
Sam Golzari
as Omer Obeidi
Seth Meyers
as Chet Krogl
John Cho
as Ittles
Judy Greer
as Accordo
Bernard White
as Agha Babur
Tony Yalda
as Iqbal Riza
Noureen DeWulf
as Shazzy Riza
Jay Harik
as Ali Riza
Adam Busch
as Sholem Glickstein
Carmen Electra
as Herself
Haaz Sleiman
as Mujeheddin Captain
Nick Schutt
as Cameraman
Lisa K. Wyatt
as Aunt Edna
Beau Holden
as Uncle Fitz
Tim Edward Rhoze
as Stage Manager
Marley Shelton
as Jessica
Lawrence Pressman
as White House Butler
Aldis Hodge
as Soldier Chuck
Christianne Klein
as White House Reporter
Chao Li Chi
as Chinese Premiere
Andrew Divoff
as Chinese Translator
James Gleason
as Journalist
Michael D. Roberts
as Journalist
Kevin R. Kelly
as Journalist
Mike Batayeh
as Terrorist Director
Sean-Michael Bowles
as Hip Hop Kid
Richard Bartlett
as Secret Service Man
Jerome Caldwell
as Secret Service Man
Karen Gordon
as Sally's Makeup Artist
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Critic Reviews for American Dreamz

All Critics (157) | Top Critics (42)

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

Full Review… | June 23, 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.

April 24, 2006
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.

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

Audience Reviews for American Dreamz

I last watched this years ago. I could remember being disappointed in it, but not why. Had a chance to re watch it recently. I do like Mandy Moore and the whole "American idol" take off angle seemed like it could be fun. 30 minutes in, and I remember what I didn't like. All the political stuff and the terrorist bit... Just two story lines that don't go together, and it's just not funny enough. I did keep watching. I guess there's something to it, but I could have been so much better than it was if they played up more on how the TV stations use the contestants and less on the other crappy stuff. There is enough serious movies about politics and terrorism without throwing it into this type of movie.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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.

Alex roy
Alex roy

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
Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

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