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Trivia / American Dreamz

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  • Box Office Bomb: Budget, $17 million. Box office, $16,458,459.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: The plot revolves around a US president based heavily on George W. Bush deciding to read the newspapers for the first time, causing a nervous breakdown as his black-and-white worldview is shattered. To get him out of his funk, his Chief of Staff (based heavily on Dick Cheney and Karl Rove) books him as a guest judge on the finale of the titular talent show, a parody of American Idol hosted by a Mean Brit in the vein of Simon Cowell. The show's two finalists are a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing Farmer's Daughter who exploits her boyfriend, a wounded veteran of the Iraq War, to win the sympathy of viewers in Middle America, and a jihadist who infiltrated the show to launch a terrorist attack after his mother was killed in a US bombing in the Middle East — and now realizes that he can nail the President in that attack. Every single point in that plot description firmly ties it to the era when reality TV ruled the airwaves and The War on Terror dominated the political agenda.


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