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Movie Review: American Dreamz

Alternate Title: American Dud

Story: There's a special place for movies like this one. The place most prominent in my thoughts is that it will be the first film of 2006 to get onto my WORST films of the year list - a dubious distinction, no doubt.

Writer and director Paul Weitz should not be putting this on his resume. It is bad in so many ways. It fails as a satire since American Idol is already its own satire. It fails as a political statement about a President of the US who doesn't read the newspapers (how old is that story line)? It fails as a comedy because it is simply not funny. It fails on many other smaller levels like including Chris Klein as one of the stars. So are there any redeeming qualities to this film? The short answer is NO. Save your money and your time since this film will be on cable or in airplanes within weeks.

Acting: The only good thing I can say is that I prefer the newest version of Hugh Grant as the rich, handsome man who is angry and depressed. I hated the older version of Hugh Grant with his pfumpherings and blinking. Mandy Moore was unremarkable. Dennis Quaid as the President looked uncomfortable. Willem Defoe was weird (isn't he always)? Everyone else was forgettable just like this film.

Predilection: I admit that I watch (and enjoy) American Idol.

Critters: None

Food: Mansy Moore's character is a compulsive eater.

Blatant Product Placement: Ferrari, Pepsi and I am sure there were others but I drifted quite a bit during the film.

Soundtrack: Forgettable

Opening Titles: Cartoonish (a good clue to what was coming).

Theater Audience: Three other dumbstruck movie-goers.

Squirm Scale: I squirmed at the rottenness of the film.

Drift Factor: I planned my entire month of May while watching this piece of crap.

Predictability Level: Who cared?

Tissue Usage: I cried that I wasted money on this drivel.

Oscar Worthy: HA!

Big Screen or Rental: Neither

Length: Too long at just under two hours.