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Parents' Guide to

American Dreamz

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Social satire more for teens and adults.

Movie PG-13 2006 111 minutes
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American Dreamz skewers President Bush and American Idol in order to make obvious points: game shows are rigged, the President is clueless, and the most powerful man in the U.S. is Simon Cowell.

The movie offers uninteresting jokes about contestants (essentially, providing imitations of previous American Idol contestants, from Fantasia to Kelly to Clay, whose appearances make you re-realize the originals are already self-parodies). Indeed. While the movie presumes its easy targets are "bad," its parodies aren't very clever either. And so the entire exercise seems more redundant than inspired.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: April 21, 2006
  • On DVD or streaming: October 17, 2006
  • Cast: Dennis Quaid , Hugh Grant , Mandy Moore
  • Director: Paul Weitz
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Universal Pictures
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 111 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: brief strong language and some sexual references
  • Last updated: January 20, 2023

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