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On the morning of his re-election, the President decides to read the newspaper for the first time in four years. This starts him down a slippery slope. He begins reading obsessively, reexamining his black and white view of the world, holing up in his bedroom in his pajamas. Frightened by the President's apparent nervous breakdown, his Chief of Staff pushes him back into the spotlight, booking him as a guest judge on the television ratings juggernaut (and the President's personal fave), the weekly talent show American Dreamz. America can't seem to get enough of American Dreamz,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 41%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"...Opting for a broad, light mood that's at complete odds with the darker potential of its political premise."
‑ Anna Smith, Time Out
"Great satires draw blood. American Dreamz barely nicks the surface."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"American Dreamz tries hard to be both important and farcical, but it leans a bit too much towards farce without being funny enough to pull that off either. It's decent, but uninspired."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"Writer/Director Paul Wietz ("In Good Company") tries his hand at creating a topical satire of our current American social-political crisis and comes up far short of capturing the brutal climate of a country running on the fumes of its dismembered civil ri"
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Viewers are left with nearly two hours of dull, rather obvious gags."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"A moderately engaging satire, some of it amusing and some of it strained, but in considerable measure it reflects a strange circumstance in all our lives."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"In the words of Simon, it's a complete and utter disaster."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"The pieces are all in place for a slashing Preston Sturges jamboree. All that's missing are balls"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Did writer-director Paul Weitz think that U.S. audiences would be too dumb to appreciate actual satire?"
‑ Jette Kernion, Cinematical
"In a way, this film talks out of both sides of its mouth -- lampooning and loving its targets at the same time. But most viewers, I suspect, won't mind."
‑ Carolyn Arends, Christianity Today
"[A] satirically unbalanced in its attempted fusion of such varied targets as George Bush, Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, Muslim suicide bombers, and the hosts and contestants on American Idol."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"[Paul] Weitz co-directed the wonderful About a Boy in 2002, but in Dreamz -- a tediously facile satire -- his comic instincts fail him."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Weitz and crew almost create a "Satire for Dummies" film, featuring gags and social commentary that are neither funny, nor edgy..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"A comedy that delivers in every way, "American Dreamz" easily gets my vote."
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
"After a promising start, the film visibly deflates before your eyes, as joke after joke falls flat and Weitz himself seems to forget why he thought the premise was funny in the first place."
‑ Ethan Alter, Film Journal International
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