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The film takes on more than it knows how to handle, and what starts out as a standard poke-in-the-eye of TV switches its satiric focus to the incompetence of terrorists and politicians, the heartlessness of celebs, and even the mess of Iraq.
Weitz's last film with Quaid was In Good Company... which knew exactly what it was aiming for and how to get there. This one, however, meanders around its multitude of targets, hits a couple, then loses its bearings completely.
It's not hard to make a biting satire about American politics. Nor is it particularly difficult to take a sideswipe at... Pop Idol and its ilk. Which is why it's disappointing that American Dreamz fails to get its teeth into either subject satisfactorily.
Like a commander-in-chief who's too good-naturedly dumb to be dangerous, the writer-director is ultimately too forgiving to do much bruising. (Or maybe too calculating, which kind of blurs into the same thing.)
American Dreamz, Paul Weitz's good-natured satire of pop, politics and our bloated sense of entitlement (arguably our biggest export) lampoons the great American disconnect from reality by locating the place where all these things intersect.