Film / My Fellow Americans

A 1996 comedy film directed by Peter Segal and starring Jack Lemmon and James Garner. Also in the cast are Dan Aykroyd, John Heard, Wilford Brimley, and Lauren Bacall.

The film centers around two politically (and personally) opposed former Presidents of the United States, who are forced to go on the run together after they find themselves on the receiving end of a conspiracy to hide the current President having taken a kickback.

The film provides examples of:

  • Butch Lesbian: Douglas and Kramer hitch a ride with a gang of butch bikers.
    Kramer: After that ride, I'm changing my position on an important issue. The military could definitely use some of those gals.
  • Camp Gay / Straight Gay: Secret Service Sniper Ralph Flemming manages to be BOTH. Basically he plays it up in a pride parade.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: When on the run, the Presidents encounter the person under Camp Gay/Straight Gay. He helps them catch a ride to their next destination and gives them a parting gift and this gift is how he later identifies them as the real Presidents and saves their lives.
  • Curse Cut Short: The final words of the movie.
    My Fellow Americans...
    You son of a bit-]
  • Delusions of Eloquence: Matthews. Justified because, well, he is a Vice President (and he's clearly modeled after Dan Quayle.) The ending reveals he's faking it to pull Obfuscating Stupidity... and then he unknowingly demonstrates it again while explaining this.
  • The Dragon: While the film paints Agent Tanner as the Big Bad, he is later revealed to be VP Matthews' Dragon.
  • Gallows Humor: "...They're down."
  • Groin Attack: From riding a horse: "When this is over promise me we'll come back and look for my balls."