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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 in Haney's administration threaten to surface and destroy his reputation, the ruthless president tries to pin the responsibility on Kramer and Douglas -- and when the ex-presidents learn the truth about Haney's dealings, Haney tries to have them killed before they can talk. Kramer and Douglas soon find themselves on the run, disguising themselves as celebrity impersonators, hiding out in the woods with a homeless family, and marching in a Gay Pride parade in an effort to stay clear of Haney's goons while they bring the truth to the people. My Fellow Americans also features Lauren Bacall as Kramer's long-suffering wife and John Heard as Haney's intellectually-challenged vice president. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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PG-13 (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre:
Comedy
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Warner Home Video

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Cast

Jack Lemmon
as Russell P. Kramer
James Garner
as Matt Douglas
Dan Aykroyd
as William Haney
John Heard
as Ted Matthews
Sela Ward
as Kaye Griffin
Wilford Brimley
as Joe Hollis
Everett McGill
as Col. Paul Tanner
Bradley Whitford
as Carl Witnauer
Lauren Bacall
as Margaret Kramer
James Rebhorn
as Charlie Reynolds
Conchata Ferrell
as Woman Truck Driver
Jack Kehler
as Wayne
Connie Ray
as Genny
Tom Everett
as Wilkerson
Mark Lowenthal
as Caldwell
Jeff Yagher
as Lt. Ralph Fleming
Edwin Newman
as Himself
Lynn Clark
as Chrissy Kramer
Leigh Rose
as Katherine Douglas
Mihoko Tokoro
as Japanese Singer
Ken Enomoto
as Hiroshi Ashino
Gene Bolande
as Injured Golf Spectator
Francesca Rollins
as Reporter No. 1
Paul Feig
as Reporter No. 2
Cathy Ladman
as Reynolds' Secretary
Dana Gould
as Sandwich Guy at Book Convention
Scott Hoxby
as Man with Subpoena
Jonathan Osser
as Kramer's Grandson
Mitch Braswell
as Marine One Pilot
Art Booth
as Marine One Co-Pilot
Steve Carlisle
as Man in Train Station Bathroom
Bobby Bass
as NSA Hit Man No. 1
Steve Chambers
as NSA Hit Man No. 2
Jimmy Nickerson
as NSA Hit Man No. 3
Cara Gooden
as Truck Stop Girl
Matt Zboyovski
as Truck Stop Boy
Michael Peña
as Ernesto
Ocie Pouncie
as Man in Diner
Neva Howell
as Charlene, Budget Agent
Sheri Mann Stewart
as Sandy, Budget Agent
Pete Penuel
as Man in Parade
John O'Leary
as Caretaker Ben
Leighanne Wallace
as Witnaur's Girlfriend
Rick Hall
as White House Guard
Eric Siegel
as President Haney's Aide
Ann Cusack
as White House Tour Guide
Dorothy Lucey
as News Anchor
Jeff Mandon
as Secret Service Agent
James D. Bissell
as Secret Service Agent
Shawn D. Woodyard
as Secret Service Agent
Stephen Wedan
as Mounted Police No. 1
Tom Sean Foley
as Mounted Police No. 2
Michael Russo
as White House Sharpshooter
Christopher Kriesa
as Agent Kopeck
William Kerr
as V. P. Matthews' Make-Up Man
Peter Segal
as TV Technician
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All Critics (58) | Top Critics (23)

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.

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

Full Review… | October 22, 2013
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.

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

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

Full Review… | October 22, 2013
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.

Full Review… | October 22, 2013
Seattle Times
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Audience Reviews for My Fellow Americans

½

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 :)

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

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More or less, could be much better.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

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Jack Lemmon and James Garner are rivals and ex- presidents.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

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