From the trailer, American Dreamz gathers subject matter from politics to pop culture in what could have been a brilliant, biting satire about the current state of America and its citizenry. Instead, what is delivered is a Saturday Night Live parody. Unfortunately for the audience, itâ€™s the unfunny, last sketch of the night that begins at 12:51 A.M. as filler between commercials before the host says, â€śGood night.â€ť I sat in a theatre where no one laughed and if I hadnâ€™t been reviewing the film, I would have walked out after about 40 minutes from sheer boredom.
Since the film does nothing to disguise its subjects because it is poorly written, the synopsis will be clearer if I just refer to the characters as their real-life counterparts. The film opens the morning after President Bushâ€™s re-election. Being emboldened by his victory, he decides to read the newspaper for the first time and see what The New York Times has to say. He becomes so engrossed in all that is going on in the world he begins reading books and newspapers from around the world. It takes up so much of his time that he refuses to go outside or even change out of his pajamas.
With speculation that the President has had a nervous breakdown, which causes his poll numbers to slip, Vice President Cheney decides that great way to boost the Presidentâ€™s image is to get him to be a celebrity judge on the finale of Simon Cowellâ€™s American Idol.
The two finalists are Sally Kendoo, who has too obvious a name, and Omer. Sally appears to be an All-American blonde beauty from Ohio, but inside she is a scheming manipulator who will do anything to get what she wants, including using her ex-boyfriend, a wounded Iraq veteran who is still madly in love with her, to create a touching story for the audience.
Omer is a terrorist-in-training, but he is such a bumbler no believes he will be of any use, so he is shipped off to Orange County to live with cousins. His heart was never really in it anyway, partially because it is filled with a love for show tunes. Omer isnâ€™t a good singer, but Cowell forces him along into the finales. When the terrorists learn that Omer and the President will be together, Omer is given orders to become a suicide bomber and kill the President.