Proud American
Proud American (2008)

As conceived, written, directed, and produced by Fred Ashman, this unabashedly patriotic, flag-waving film celebrates Americana and the elements of the United States that make it a unique and dynamic country -- from its ethnic, religious,… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 12, 2008
DVD Release Date: February 1, 2009
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Emma Rose Johnson
Boston Globe

It seems more like an hour-and-a-half-long infomercial for America than a narrative film or documentary. Like something you might hallucinate on Flag Day.

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Andy Webster
New York Times

Aspires to be inspirational, but suffers from its shameless, jackhammer-style manipulation.

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Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Unashamedly sentimental, with nary a big star to its name, "Proud American" is an uplifting documentary about hard work and choosing the right path.

Ronnie Scheib

A corporate-sponsored, feature-length infomercial on behalf of the core entrepreneurial values of the U.S. of A., Proud American combines unabashed hokiness with relentless oversimplification.

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Contrived, corny and over-simplistic.

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Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle

A shameless, soulless tribute to all things schmaltzy in the American character and a thinly disguised advertisement for corporate deregulation.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

Aside from a few, thankfully, professionally acted performances, it too often carries the preachy, stilted aura of something you'd see in civics class or at a trade show.

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Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review

If America's even half as great as writer-producer-director Fred Ashman's almost unfathomably cheesy movie insists, her citizens will rise up to destroy this bathetic rubbish -- or at least make a pitilessly derided cult sensation of it.

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Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

You can be all for religious tolerance, up-by-the-bootstraps enterprise and love of country and still be turned off by Proud American.

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