Will Ferrell: You're Welcome America - A Final Night with George W Bush

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Will Ferrell returns once again as George W. Bush to say goodbye to the American public and give a little insight into the past 8 years as our president.

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Critic Reviews for Will Ferrell: You're Welcome America - A Final Night with George W Bush

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  • Ferrell's Bush imitation loses a lot in being projected to a large audience, and the script is ghastly. There's no wit, no political satire.

    Jul 31, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Ferrell is talented enough to produce several amusing moments, but lacking a communal audience environment, it was only a so-so TV experience.

    Feb 23, 2012 | Full Review…

    Brian Lowry

    Variety
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  • It offered me something I could not find anywhere else in popular culture -- closure to the eight-year presidency of George W Bush.

    Jul 31, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Ferrell does a fine job spinning the presidency on its heels and he provides a generous dose of laughs (the bit where he gives the audience nicknames is a hoot and the product of improv genius).

    Jul 31, 2019 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…
  • Once Ferrell launches into Bush's biography, we get what we'd expect from a 90-minute, Ferrell-lead Bush-bashing Broadway show -- and for the most part, it's good.

    Jul 31, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Will Ferrell: You're Welcome America - A Final Night with George W Bush

  • Sep 08, 2010
    Considering I'm English there are a lot of references in this i just don't get. That said Ferrell's version of Bush is still one of the funniest out there and mixed in with the fun facts of Bush's reign of terror is definately worth a watch for fans of either Ferrell or Fahrenheit 911. 7/10
    Nyk P Super Reviewer
  • Aug 24, 2010
    I hate Bush like everybody else or almost everybody else but this 1 man show just wasnt that funny at all.It had a couple laughs here & there but not that many to keep me interested.It just seemed to go on & on & on
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 06, 2010
    Funny - hilarious in places - but a tough act to sustain. Impressions are always better in short bursts; 90 minutes of Will Ferrell as George W. Bush does get a little tired. That said, if belaboured or not always laugh-out-loud funny, Ferrell has at the very least put together one scathing indictment of, possibly, the worst president in American history.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Jan 02, 2010
    George W. Bush: I was a simple, normal kid. I liked to do simple, normal things. Like shoot wrist rockets at a stray cat strapped to a propane tank. Just basic mischief, you know? Or like this one time, we shot up a sleeping hobo full of Novocaine, then we'd yell, "Pie on the windowsill!" And they'd wake up all numb and poor and we'd laugh. But that's just the kind of stuff you do growing up in Midland, when you're a young, precocious little thirty-year-old. While not completely solid all the way through, this stand up show that Ferrell was putting on, following Bush's leave from the White House, which was then, in one particular show, captured as a 90 minute special, manages to have a good number of highlights and features a Bush performance that rivals Josh Brolin's in W. Ferrell's Bush character is never about straight up mocking the man, but more of molding him into a particular persona and running with it. The special mixes actual quotes and situations, as well as outlandish tangents done under the guise of Ferrell's character creation. Late in the show there are legitimately intriguing moments as he blends the comedy with actual sincerity, which alone made me enjoy this much more. Still, Ferrell as Bush has been a welcome performance since his days on SNL, so seeing a last hurrah for this character was enjoyable. George W. Bush: They said, "Gore's calling again," I'm like, "What's his deal?" They said, "This time he's calling to take back his concession 'cause it's too close to call and they're doing a statewide recall," and I'm like, "You can't take it back!" He's like, "Yes I can." I'm like, "No you can't." He's like, "Says who?" And I paused and I thought real hard. Then I said, "The Geneva Convention, that's who," and I hung up the phone again. turns out I was wrong. The Geneva Convention pertains more to the laws that will govern the Moon once it's colonized. But it sure felt good at the moment.
    Aaron N Super Reviewer

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