American Dreamz Reviews
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.
[the First Lady holds up three fingers]
President Staton(Dennis Quaid): I mean, actually, three?
Chief of Staff (Willem Dafoe): You mean Sunnis and Shi'ites and Kurds?
President Staton(Dennis Quaid): You knew about this?
This was kind of stupid. I guess if I had watched when it was a bit more significant, I would easily find the irony funny-- like the president being closely patterened after George W. Bush, Willem Dafore's character's physical similarities to VP Dick Chaney, how the singing competition was obviously a spoof of American Idol with Hugh Grant's character loosely based on Simon Cowell. Hahaha....it is all pretty tongue and cheek and cutesy... had I seen it when it first came out in 2002.