Truly an American Dream…with a Z…

I had the privilege of seeing a sneak preview of Paul Weitz’s new movie American Dreamz last night. If you are unfamiliar with his work, he has done a few great movies. One of which was About A Boy. Of course he is also the chap that brought us American Pie. So his palate is diverse. I went in not sure exactly what to expect. Is it a satire on American Idol? Is it a satire on our current president? Is it a satire on America as a whole? What I got was a tremendous amalgamation of all three put into a fun little 110 minute package.

American Dreamz is a movie about our President. They never really come out and say he is Dubya, but they may as well have. Dennis Quaid plays our bumbling prez with a lot of laid back zest. At his side is William Defoe, not subtly at all playing prez in disguise Dick Cheney. Again, they never say that is who he is, but man they go the extra mile to make him look him.

American Dreamz is also about a show called American Dreamz. A show where people like you and me can audition to be the best singer in the country. Hugh Grant plays Martin Tweed, the MC who is sick to death of how boring the show has become. To spice it up, he bring in a white trash bitch in disguise (Mandy Moore, making fun of herself again, gotta love it), and demands an Arab named Omer (Sam Golzari in a truly wonderful performance) be brought in to make it different. Omer has been kicked out of his terrorist faction for not being able to do anything right. When his sleeper cell finds out he is going to be on the show they get interested. They get even more interested when they find out the prez is going to be making a guest apperance on the show for the last episode. So now we have a girl who wants to win, a prez who wants to make decisions for himself for a change, an Arab who is supposed to blow the prez up but just really wants to sing and dance, and number of other players to make things fly towards it’s inevitable conclusion. I won’t tell you what happens, but let’s just say it was funny and surprising.

It was very refreshing to see a satire of this caliber put out. It wasn’t overly smart, or even overly stupid. It was a great time, is what it was. I just sat back, laughed a lot, and giggled at the blatant riffs on our prez, our beloved TV show, and our country as a whole. The acting isn’t anything stupendous, but everyone does there job better than average. The cast was right for there jobs, which is better than a lot of movies get. Well done Paul. I hope you can write ’em like this in the future.

2 Comments so far

  1. Keith Demko (unregistered) on April 23rd, 2006 @ 7:40 am

    I think I would have enjoyed this one more if it were really a biting satire about our president .. to me, he’s not a dingbat like Quaid plays him .. he’s a fairly smart guy with scary ideas about the world .. now that is ripe for satire

  2. Nate (unregistered) on April 23rd, 2006 @ 4:27 pm

    Very True!! I guess I;m not sure. I liked the fact that they made him an idiot. It let me take an extra step away from reality and just look at it as funny. If they would have tried to make him smart and evel, it might have hit too close to home, know what I am saying?

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