Monday, May 1, 2006

Movie Review: American Dreamz

Synopsis: Basically the point of the movie was to make fun of both America and the Middle Eastern extremists who America is fighting. A lot of making fun of George Bush (although not specifically mentioned in the movie) through mocking the movie's president, who knows absolutely nothing and compares Iran and North Korea to two evil Marvel Comic book characters. He is spoon-fed everything through an assistant who literally tells him what to say and is on drugs to control his mood swings. The twist that makes fun of the Middle Eastern people is that one terrorist ends up on an American Idol-esque show. He is placed there in order to make it to the finals and kill the president, but he becomes so enthralled with performance and he likes the American culture so much that he decides not to kill him.

Good Parts:
- The movie does an excellent job of mocking the media for forcing situations in real life so that it will look good on TV ("we didn't get your excited reaction on film, can you do it again?")
- Mandy Moore is exquisite
- Mandy Moore's character's one-liner: "I'm not physically attracted to other people, but if you want me, I'm yours."

Bad Parts:
- I didn't like how Hugh Grant (from England) was making fun of America. In fact, I hated it. It's kind of like how some stereotypical jokes are only OK if they come from somebody from that group. You can't make fun of us, only we can make fun of us.
- A lot of forced comedy based around Bush's Texas accent and foolishness.
- Hugh Grant's character is extremely drawn out and boring.
- Extremely strange plot twist at the end that made no sense whatsoever and then the movie basically ended in a "happily ever after" kind of way. Almost like the movie tried to be dark humor, but did it in a family-friendly, we're-just-kidding kind of way. Dark humor is money. Embrace it.

I can't believe that I just wrote a whole review on this movie. It is not funny on a legitimate level, and it is not so bad that you can laugh at it for being bad. Don't see it.

1/4 stars