American Dreamz [2006] [PG-13] - 4.4.5

 
 

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A political satire that also takes on "American Idol": A popular talent show is hosted by a sleazy presenter (Hugh Grant) who chooses contestants for particular oddities -- such as a southern girl (Mandy Moore) whose boyfriend (Chris Klein) is a wounded Iraq war veteran, an Iraqi terrorist (Sam Golzari) whose only wish is to sing show tunes, and a Jewish rapper (Adam Busch). Into this mix steps the U.S. President (Dennis Quaid) as a guest judge -- depicted as a totally uninformed and disinterested figurehead, he is only interested in improving his ratings. Also with Willem Dafoe, Marcia Gay Harden and Sam Golzari. Directed by Paul Weitz. [1:47]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - Two people look through the keyhole of a door and it is suggested that they see a man and a young woman having sex. A husband and wife sit in a bed together, she rubs his shoulders, he purrs and growls at her and it is implied that they have sex.
 A woman wears a very low-cut dress that reveals cleavage, bare back and part of her breast is visible from the side. A young woman wears low-cut tops that reveal cleavage. Four men sit in a Jacuzzi and their bare shoulders are visible.
 A young man and a young woman kiss in a few scenes.
 A man talks to a woman about sex being great. A man and a young woman talk about having sex together. A young woman says to a man, "I'll do anything to win." A young woman says that her daddy "lives with another man." A song's lyrics include, "let's get raunchy..."

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A young man wears a bomb strapped to his chest, people in a studio run and scream, he pushes the button on the bomb, there is an explosion and we are told (we do not see) that two people died.
 A young man is shot in the arm (blood spurts and oozes through his shirt sleeve).
 We see young men in a terrorist training camp running obstacle courses and firing guns at a standee that resembles the U.S. President. A man plans to blow up a bomb in order to kill another man.
 A man talks about being called "the torturer." A young woman tells a young man, "I'm sorry I'm going to have to destroy you." A man talks about people, "kicking you and kicking you and kicking you and kicking you and kicking you until you shut up." A young woman talks about, "jabbing her eyes out with toothpicks and eating them." A woman tells a man that she is leaving him.
 A young woman throws a mirror and it shatters. A young woman stumbles down a flight of stairs but is OK.

PROFANITY 5 - 2 F-words, 7 sexual references, 3 scatological terms, 9 anatomical terms (3 mild), 16 mild obscenities, name-calling (idiot, stupid, moron, gaymeister, hairy she-male), 1 religious profanity, 11 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man and a woman drink alcohol, and people drink alcohol in a few bar scenes and a few celebration scenes. A man (the President) takes prescription medication referred to as "happy pills." A man talks about having been "pretty toasted" at a party.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Celebrity, fame, greed, reality, lack of concern for others, cold heartedness, competition, destiny, satisfaction, winning and losing, presidential politics, martyrdom, hate, hate of political actions vs. hating the people of a country, culpability, suicide bombing, love, using people to help you get ahead, weight issues, unhappiness, weight control (binging and starvation), dreams, goals.

MESSAGE - Anyone can be made into a celebrity -- with the right spin.

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