Film: My Fellow Americans

A 1996 comedy film starring Jack Lemmon and James Garner as two politically (and personally) opposed former-Presidents 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:

  • Accidental Kidnapping: When Kramer and Douglas plan on stealing Wayne and Genny's car to continue on their trip to Kramer's Library, they only turn back when they see a child in the backseat.
    • The couple then gives them a ride, saying all they had to do was ask. It only comes out later when the two act like a pair of jerkasses that the family is homeless and desperate for work.
  • American Accents: Dan Aykroyd sports a vaguely Southern one as President Haney.
  • Appeal to Force: At one point, the fugitive ex-Presidents hitch a ride with some illegal aliens being smuggled across the border. They're discovered by both the INS (in ordinary police helicopters) and the Government Conspiracy (in military attack helicopters) at the same time. There's some Jurisdiction Friction between the two groups, which a conspiracy chopper deftly solves by firing a missile across the INS's nose.
  • 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.)
  • 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."