MY FELLOW AMERICANS REVIEWED
“My Fellow Americans” is a rather funny Presidential murder mystery. Two former Presidents are implicated in the death of a weapons contractor by the current President. Fighting with a Chief of Staff, the NSA and everyone in between…the end result is chaos. But, toss in an all Dorothy marching band and Wilford Brimley for great mid 90s fun. Walter Matthau was originally intended to play the Garner role, but illness kept this film from being Grumpy Old Presidents.
Honestly, there’s a certain charm to these kinds of season comedic releases. Studios used to not be afraid of pairing older actors together with emerging talent and budgeting it in the mid-range. But, movie tickets used to be cheaper and people were a lot kinder to films that just broke even. The economic model has changed and more of this fare has been pushed to TV. Well, the areas of TV that aren’t high concept genre fiction. Honestly, it seems like a no-win scenario to just love a middlin’ comedy.
- 1.85:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby Digital 5.1
RELEASE DATE: 7/19/16
- Video - 88%88%
- Audio - 90%90%
- Supplemental Material - 0%0%
- Film Score - 88%88%
The Plot Thus Far
They used to run the country. Now they’re running for their lives! Hail to the comedy chiefs! Jack Lemmon and James Garner win a landslide of laughs as two on-the-lam former presidents of the United States.
Framed in a scandal by the current president (Dan Aykroyd) and pursued by armed agents, the two squabbling political foes plunge into a desperate and delightfully frantic search for the evidence that will establish their innocence. As they scramble through the real America, they get an unexpected crash course in how their policies affected the citizens. With the three leads in waggish form, spirited direction by Peter Segal (Tommy Boy, Naked Gun 33 1/3) and snappy support from costars John Heard, Wilford Brimley, Lauren Bacall and more, My Fellow Americans convinces all that comedy is king (and president!).
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