I watch this movie online and in its best tidbits, the movie is a gallingly clever generational satire in the vein of Paul Mazursky’s later works, an acerbic encapsulation of the cultural vapidity and political ineptitude that characterized the American fantasy between the physical collapse of 9/11 and the financial collapse of 2008.More often than not, however, the full movie is too cynical to land all but the best punches, made up of too many one-note jokes and shallow caricatures to have much weight-reflecting, in a sense, the cloying nihilism of the period. The result feels surprisingly dated given that only a decade later we would have an actual game show/reality tv presidency; something here is still too earnest, believes still too much in the American dream and the concept of free download that it so cooly mocks.
Despite its good premise “American Dreamz” isn’t able to convince me as a satire on showbiz. While it could’ve been a biting comment on the falseness and unnecessarity of talent shows and other kinds of TV crap it comes across a bit lukewarm. Finally I don’t regret seeing it, but I surely won’t do again.