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American Dreamz

Paul Weitz (American Pie, About a Boy, In Good Company) delivers this ripe parody of American politics and pop culture. Seems that an unpopular American president (Dennis Quaid) wants a bit of publicity, so he signs on to appear as guest judge for a mega-popular, "American Idol"-style singing contest. Little does he know that Muslim terrorists have seeded the show with a showtune-singing suicide bomber. Hugh Grant does strike a chord as the show's mean-spirited host, but the humor is broad and cartoonish. Perhaps Weitz' script should have picked a target slightly less wide than the entire post-9/11 world. 107 minutes PG-13.