A typical 70's ensemble cast acts out a script that is Sardonic, Shallow and actually funnier now than it was at the time of it's release due to the casting and how the actors careers turned out. This flick is definitely personality driven to the point near Shatnerian in it's seeming denial (or Obliviousness) of the absurdity of the script or story.
Strong points include (some spoilers);
John Ritter as the President of the United States. Probably seemed like a strong lead then as he was still a newcomer to acting and mostly known for "Three's Company". Hysterical in hindsight as he found his niche (post Wholly Moses) playing Clueless, overly passive but well meaning father figures. (see; Problem Child series, 8 simple Rules and real Men).
Meat Loaf in a cameo battles the last running car in the world.
The Telethon is a stinking failure until somebody shoots the MC, A truly narcissistic ass played to perfection by Harvey Korman. After America responds with donations to the Bleeding Korman, crew members note "If I had know America wanted to see [Korman] shot, I would have done it days ago."
A supposed sexy scene with Ritter and a Korean Punk superstar in what might be the least sexy 30 seconds ever on film.
If you are a fan of "bad movies" such as the "Big Bus", bring this forgotten gem to your next group viewing. It will probably get you declared King of the Hill.
China openly embracing Capitalism and becoming a global economic superpower, Vietnam becoming the playground of Asia's wealthy and powerful, the depletion of US oil production (google "Hubbard's Peak"), a USA with a devalued dollar and heavily in foreign debt, cliques of wealthy Native Americans, Nike becoming a global conglomerate, jogging suits becoming fashionable casual wear, absurd limits of reality TV (the Mother and Son boxing match) and taboo subjects on prime-time (a sit-com about a cross-dressing single father), the collapse of the USSR, the creation of a "Western White House", the UK relying heavily on tourism and the Beach Boys still popular as a music group in the 1990's.
The only one that didn't make it was the Arabs and Israelites forming the "Hebrab Republic".
The cast alone makes this movie worth seeing: John Ritter playing the President of the US was awesome. Other notables include Howard Hesseman, Harvey Korman, Elvis Costello, Meatloaf and Fred Willard - oh, I almost forgot it also had a ridiculously young Jay Leno.
Americathon is not the best movie ever made but I did enjoy it. Mind you, I saw it as part of a 36 hour sci-fi marathon (somewhere around hour number 15, I believe). Americathon is ripe for a revival if not a remake. Hell, I should buy the rights and turn it into a Broadway musical. If it can be done with the Last Starfighter then why not?