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American Dreamz (2006)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Music | 21 April 2006 (USA)
The new season of "American Dreamz," the wildly popular television singing contest, has captured the country's attention, as the competition looks to be between a young Midwestern gal (Moore) and a showtunes-loving young man from Orange County (Golzari). Recently awakened President Staton (Quaid) even wants in on the craze, as he signs up for the potential explosive season finale.

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Directors: Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz
Stars: Hugh Grant, Nicholas Hoult, Toni Collette
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Martin Tweed is the host of a talent show called American Dreamz, and whilst he despises each new season, it's a hit with the ratings. Tweed decides it's time for a new and interesting batch of contestants, and sends out his team to find the weirdest bunch possible. Whilst all this is happening, the President of the United States is becoming more and more depressed, and relies on his Chief of Staff to talk him through everything, even into appearing as a judge on the TV show. Perfect news for the terrorists who use the talent contest as a way to reach the President. Written by FilmFanUK

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Muriendo por un sueño  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£690,625 (UK) (21 April 2006)

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$7,156,725 (USA) (12 May 2006)
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The interior White House scenes were shot on the set of The West Wing (1999). See more »

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When Sally and Omer are talking in the club, there is jazz piano music playing and a man sitting at the piano. He is moving his hands on the piano but it clearly does not correspond to the music. See more »

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Shazzy Riza: So at the mall today, I upgraded my plan to 5,000 minutes, but it's a family plan.
Omer: Thank you auntie.
Iqbal Riza: You should have gone to 10,000.
Omer: Um, Iqbal.
Iqbal Riza: Yeah.
Omer: Something very odd happened today, it's funny really.You see, uh, these people from the American Dreamz television show came by.
Iqbal Riza: Yeah?
Omer: And uh...
Iqbal Riza: And?
Omer: And uh, I was using your stage and they heard me singing and they wanted me to be on the show.
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References Larry King Live (1985) See more »

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That's Entertainment
Written by Paul Weller
Performed by The Jam
Courtesy of Polydor LTD. (UK)
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A Very good satire
30 November 2006 | by (South Africa) – See all my reviews

When I was reading the other people's opinion's on American Dreamz, I wondered if they even realized it was a satire...? I surely hope that all who watched it even knows what a satire is: It is when you mock people and their doings/obsessions with the hope of improvement. In this movie, the director (Paul Weitz) mocks everything from America's obsession with TV-shows like Idols to George W. Bush and his delectable office. This is surely a movie you would want to watch a couple of times over - just to catch that dreary bit you most certainly missed the first time.

I would give this movie a well deserved 8 out of ten.


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