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It doesn't commit any impeachable offenses, but My Fellow Americans lacks strong regulatory oversight of its toothless political satire and misuse of comedic talent. Read critic reviews

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Ex-presidents Kramer (Jack Lemmon) and Douglas (James Garner) have hated each other for years. But when the current administration of President Haney (Dan Aykroyd) -- Kramer's former vice president -- tries blaming a string of kickbacks from a defense contractor on the two former presidents, they band together. With Haney's goons trying to kill them, they set out across the country to try and clear their reputations. In the process, they see a side of America they never knew before.

Cast & Crew

Jack Lemmon
President Russell O. Kramer
James Garner
President Matt Douglas
Dan Aykroyd
President William Haney
John Heard
Vice President Ted Matthews
Sela Ward
Kaye Griffin
Everett McGill
Col. Paul Tanner
Lauren Bacall
Margaret Kramer
James Rebhorn
Charlie Reynolds
Tracy Barone
Executive Producer
Neil Meron
Executive Producer
Craig Zadan
Executive Producer
William Ross
Original Music
Julio Macat
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Critic Reviews for My Fellow Americans

All Critics (60) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (28) | Rotten (32)

  • With two of the screen's best comedic actors, a script that crackles with wit and surprise, and perfectly tuned direction, My Fellow Americans scores a bull's-eye.

    August 7, 2019 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • As political satire, My Fellow Americans makes a poor candidate.

    October 22, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • I'd cheerfully vote the writers, director and producers of My Fellow Americans out of office.

    October 22, 2013 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for My Fellow Americans

  • Feb 24, 2017
    Jack Lemmon and James Garner star in the hilarious political satire My Fellow Americans. After narrowly escaping an assassination attempt former presidents and bitter rivals Kramer and Douglas team-up in order to expose a plot to cover-up a breaking political scandal. Lemmon and Garner are really good together and have great comedic chemistry. And the comedy is really well written, taking jabs at both political parties and lampooning modern political figures like Bill Clinton, Dan Quayle, and George Bush. Yet, the humor can get a little too silly and slapstick-ish at times. My Fellow Americans has some problems, but it's fun and delivers a lot of laughs.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 09, 2011
    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 H Super Reviewer
  • Jun 20, 2011
    More or less, could be much better.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 01, 2010
    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.
    Martin D Super Reviewer

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