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2000s, Comedy - Family

American Dreamz (2006)

Duration 1h 47m Rating (UK) 12A
Source of story An original screenplay
Writers/Script Paul Weitz
Additional Info Although said not to be a satire, it was rumoured at the time that George Bush Jr never read the papers, and was said to wear an earpiece, like the fictional president, so people could tell him what to say.
Director Paul Weitz
Starring Hugh Grant, Dennis Quaid, Mandy Moore, Willem Dafoe, Chris Klein, Jennifer Coolidge, Marcia Gay Harden, John Cho, Judy Greer
Elevator Pitch The presenter of an American talent show has his team search out some unusual contestants, which include a country girl from a midwest town, a rapping jewish man and a former jihadist who, when it is revealed that the US President is to be a judge on the show, is pressed into being a suicide bomber by his former compatriots.
Content The guys from the show search out the contestants. The president stops going out and reads the papers, to the distress of his chief of staff and his wife, and the contestants appear on the stage. There is very little offensive in this movie, but probably a 12A because sex is implied.
A View It did not cost a lot, but failed to make its money back, despite being quite liked by Roger Ebert. I quite liked it as well. It is undemanding Sunday afternoon viewing.

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