What was I thinking? American Dreamz is unwatchable. It's got a big cast: Hugh Grant, Marcia Gay Harden, Willem Dafoe, Mandy Moore, and Seth Myers. Marcia, Hugh and Mandy have performed well before, but they all sucked here.
In American Dreamz, Hugh Grant is both Simon Cowell and Ryan Seacrest, he hosts, produces and is the judge on an American Idol type show. One of the contestants, played by Sam Golzari, is involved in a plot to blow up the American President (played by Dennis Quaid), who will be a guest judge in the show finale.
Seriously. Don't see it. The contestants are painful to watch. I guess the movie tried to show contestants that looked like and sounded like the rejects from American Idol, except for Mandy of course, bitch can sing. The American Idol rejects are usually pretty funny, but the contestants in the movie just sucked, they were not funny at all.
At least we got gay content. The dad of one of the contestants, played by Mandy Moore, is gay and is living in another city with another man. She mentions it to her manager, played by Seth Myers, who is devising publicity strategies for her, something that would show her as personable, but Seth dismisses the gay dad thing, like that's something that needs to be hidden. Not too nice.
In one of the rounds, after Omer, the character played by Sam Golzari, performs Hugh Grant says he liked the performance and that he just became omer-sexual. Neutral, I guess it was supposed to be a play with "metrosexual," I guess it was also supposed to be funny.
We have one gay character pretty much throughout the movie, which here on the Queer Beacon would usually mean a LightShed 10, but the light for our gay is not all positive. Our gay is played by Tony Yalda, seen below on the right, holding the sign.
Our gay is super shallow, but so is his straight sister, and our gay is a little jealous of his cousin Omer. But it is nice to see that his family loves him and apparently has no problem with his being gay, they really love him. Anyway, he comes out as an annoying queen. Queens are nice. I love queens, but not annoying queens. Still, positive light overall.