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My Fellow Americans
My Fellow Americans
Actors: Jack Lemmon, James Garner, Dan Aykroyd, John Heard, Wilford Brimley
Director: Peter Segal
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy
PG-13     1997     1hr 41min

A COMEDY ABOUT LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF TWO EX-PRESIDENTS.
     
     

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Actors: Jack Lemmon, James Garner, Dan Aykroyd, John Heard, Wilford Brimley
Director: Peter Segal
Creators: Craig Zadan, Jean Higgins, Jon Peters, Michael Ewing, E. Jack Kaplan, Peter Tolan, Richard Chapman
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Dan Aykroyd, Jack Lemmon
Studio: Warner Home Video
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 06/17/1997
Original Release Date: 12/20/1996
Theatrical Release Date: 12/20/1996
Release Year: 1997
Run Time: 1hr 41min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 34
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, French, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

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Member Movie Reviews

Sharon F. from HIALEAH, FL
Reviewed on 8/31/2016...
The 3 of them together is HILARIOUS! Silly, but worth the hour or so to watch...you won't be disappointed.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Nancy W. from CHARLOTTE, NC
Reviewed on 1/2/2011...
Great movie; lots of humor.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Deborah A. from SARASOTA, FL
Reviewed on 9/3/2009...
This movie was rather silly, but I enjoyed seeing Jack Lemmon and James Garner acting together. A good escape movie, but nothing too heavy here.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Janet W. (knittywitch) from RICHMOND, VA
Reviewed on 4/3/2009...
I thought this was one of the funniest adult movies around. Although a complete fiction and a spoof of politics, it gave a little insight about what it must be like as a flawed human to be a president. I loved it.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Hail to the chiefs
wiredweird | Earth, or somewhere nearby | 02/26/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"At first glance, this looks one of Hollywood's freakier genetic experiments: implanting the genes of a political thriller into a road-trip comedy. The surpise is that the offspring is not just viable, but a good healthy comedy. It surely helps to have two fathers like James Garner and Jack Lemmon bringing it to life.

They play the roles of two ex-presidents, living out their retirements in their respective ways: grubbing every dollar to be had on the lecture circuit (Lemmon), or grabbing every babe to be had (Garner). Dan Aykroyd, improbably cast as the current president, detects a scandal brewing and tries to nail it to the previous administration. Garner and Lemmon, one-time political opponents, are thrown together and the chase begins.

The comedy comes largely from the series of cheap shots and snide recollections the two hurl at each other. The feel-good part comes from their bonding over shared experiences as past presidents, under the pressure of pursuit. The political thriller builds as the hired guns keep trying to assassinate the ex-pres, and to bury the scandal with him. As long as you're not looking for any great subtlety, it works.

It's a bit goofy, but it's a good, safe comedy with just enough plot twists to keep it from becoming completely predictable. It couldn't have worked without Garner and Lemmon in the lead roles, though - their experience in such roles is what made the movie work.

//wiredweird"
ONE OF THE BEST COMEDIES EVER MADE...INTELLIGENT AND SHARP
Jordan | 08/06/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

""MY FELLOW Americans" is everything you could ever want in a comedy. Sharp, caustic wits from Lemmon (as Russell Kramer) and Garner (as Matt Douglas) combined with a downright hilarious plot makes this my #1 movie of 1996, my #24 of the 90's, and my #3 comedy of the 90's (behind #1 Bulworth and #2 Dogma). This would be an excellent one to go rent and prepare for the election in November.
The excellent comedic writing is apparent ("There are only two watches like that in the world, Reagan has one and now Shamu the Killer Hick has the other!"), and Heard's underrated performance as Vice President Ted Matthews nearly steals the show. (For those that have seen it, tell me his last line shouldn't be ranked up there with other classic lines!) As usual, Lauren Bacall is magnificent ("Don't say friggin', if you're going to use the F word go for the gold"), and of course Jack Lemmon and James Garner turn in great performances.
The great cast, writing, and script idea all fold together to make one of the best movies ever made.
5/5."
A Great, Entertaining Film!
Kenneth A. Bagenstose | Fleetwood, PA USA | 12/07/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"First of all, I don't know how the critic, Mr. Keogh, could possibly call this a "lousy" film! I'm a big fan of Garner and Lemmon, two of the all-time greats. This movie is one hilarious joke after another, with some serious moments thrown in for good measure. It certainly is a heck of a lot better than some of the garbage hailed by critics as masterpieces; it's a straightforward, non-stop entertaining affair, one that makes you feel as though you got your money's worth after watching it. The supporting cast is great, too, with Bacall, Heard, Ackroyd, and others putting in some solid performances."