American Dreamz

Release date: April 21, 2006
Universal Pictures
Genre: Comedy

Cast: Hugh Grant, Dennis Quaid, Mandy Moore, Marcia Gay Harden, Chris Klein, Jennifer Coolidge, Seth Meyers, John Cho, Judy Greer, Sam Golzari and Willem Dafoe

Directed by: Paul Weitz
Written by: Paul Weitz
Produced by: Paul Weitz, Rodney Liber, Andrew Miano
Executive Producers: Kerry Kohansky, Chris Weitz

Filmmaker Paul Weitz--whose comic explorations have ventured into the synergistic halls of corporate culture (In Good Company), the perils of psychological isolationism (Abouta Boy) and the vicissitudes of losing one's virginity (American Pie)--now delivers a comedy yanked from right-now popular culture...where the nation's shrinking attention span is more focused on "what's hot" than on hot-button headlines: American Dreamz.

On the morning of his re-election, the President (Quaid) 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 (Dafoe) 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, hosted by self-aggrandizing, self-loathing Martin Tweed (Grant), ever on the lookout for the next insta-celebrity. His latest crop of hopefuls includes Sally (Moore), a conniving steel magnolia with a devoted, dopey veteran boyfriend (Klein), and Omer, a recent Southern Californian immigrant (who just happens to be a bumbling, show tune singing, would-be terrorist awaiting activation). When both Sally and Omer make it to the final round of Dreamz--where the President will be judging along with Tweed--the stage is set for a show the nation will never forget.

American Dreamz is written, produced and directed by Paul Weitz (writer/director of In Good Company, co-director/Academy Award®-nominated co-screenwriter of About A Boy and co-director of American Pie). Rodney Liber and Andrew Miano also produce; Chris Weitz and Kerry Kohansky serve as executive producers.

Photos (top): Conniving steel magnolia Sally (MANDY MOORE) makes a grand appearance as a contestant on "American Dreamz," the reality show hosted by self-aggrandizing, self-loathing Martin Tweed (HUGH GRANT), in "American Dreamz"-the comedy yanked from right-now popular culture by Producer/Director/Writer Paul Weitz. "American Dreamz" will be released in theaters on April 21, 2006.

(2nd) (L to R) The President (DENNIS QUAID) deals with an earpiece malfunction while his Chief of Staff (WILLEM DAFOE) grimaces in "American Dreamz", the comedy yanked from right-now popular culture by Producer/Director/Writer Paul Weitz. "

Photo Credit: Glen Wilson
Copyright: © 2006 Universal Studios. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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