American Dreamz PG-13

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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG-13
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 48 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: October 17, 2006
  • Originally Released: 2006
  • Label: Universal Studios
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Snap Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital Surround Sound 5.1 - English, French, Spanish
    • Subtitles - English SDH, French, Spanish - Optional
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Audio Commentary: Sam Golzari - Star, Paul Weitz - Director
    • Featurette:
      1. Deleted Scenes
      2. "Center Stage: Sally Kendoo"
      3. "Dance Dreamz"

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 183


User Ratings: 96,089
Promising more bite than it delivers, Dreamz is pitched too broadly to get very deeply under your skin. Still, there are some smarts at work here, and it will make you laugh. Full Review
Mar 14, 2018
Paul Weitz's good-natured satire of pop, politics and our bloated sense of entitlement lampoons the great American disconnect from reality by locating the place where all these things intersect.
Los Angeles Times
Apr 21, 2006
Rating: B- -- An all-over-the-map satire of American Idol where there are enough positives to outweigh the negatives. Full Review
Bowling Green Daily News
Nov 20, 2019
The film takes on more than it knows how to handle, and what starts out as a standard poke-in-the-eye of TV switches its satiric focus to the incompetence of terrorists and politicians, the heartlessness of celebs, and even the mess of Iraq. Full Review
Independent (UK)
Apr 1, 2019
[I]ts farcical elements hit their mark....AMERICAN DREAMZ lampoons the public's appetite for mindless entertainment and easy distraction from serious concerns.
USA Today
Apr 21, 2006
Rating: 4/5 -- Both delights and contrivances combine to provide a bombshell final reel that is at least a dozen shades darker than anyone would expect. Full Review
Sky Cinema
Apr 1, 2019
Begins really quite well, but ends with three zeds, not one. Full Review
Daily Telegraph (UK)
Apr 1, 2019

Product Description:

Known for the gross-out hit AMERICAN PIE and the charming dramedy ABOUT A BOY, director Paul Weitz once more teams up with several actors from his previous films for this satire about the state of America in 2006. Hugh Grant is perfectly cast as Martin Tweed, the greedy, self-despising producer and host of AMERICAN DREAMZ, an AMERICAN IDOL-like television program that chooses contestants more on the basis of their ratings potential than genuine talent. Unapologetic and calculated, Tweed recognizes something of himself in Ohio-bred, ruthlessly conniving contestant Sally Kendoo (Mandy Moore).

Dennis Quaid plays a pajama-clad President Staton, a character clearly modeled after George W. Bush. After taking a sudden interest in reading the newspaper, Staton grows confused and troubled by what he learns about his country and its international affairs. With the president refusing to leave his bedroom for weeks, the first lady (Marcia Gay Harden) and the Chief of Staff (Willem Dafoe) grow increasingly worried. Fearful that the president's laziness and newfound political awareness will cost him points in the public eye, the two orchestrate a plan that involves force-feeding him antidepressants and scheduling him for a spot as a guest judge on the finale of AMERICAN DREAMZ. Meanwhile, a terrorist plot unfolds, involving a planned assassination by another one of the show's contestants, the Broadway-dancing, theatre-loving Omer (Sam Golzari). AMERICAN DREAMZ boldly pokes fun at such touchy subjects as terrorism and takes humorous (and sometimes disturbingly accurate) stabs at such public figures as Simon Cowell, President Bush, Laura Bush, and Dick Cheney. By emphasizing the staged, false nature of both the political and entertainment realms, AMERICAN DREAMZ suggests that these worlds have more in common than first meets the eye.


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: April 21, 2006
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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 53,754
  • UPC: 025192886324
  • Shipping Weight: 0.22/lbs (approx)
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