My Fellow Americans B, BAAA
A road movie with two ex-Presidents
on the run from baddies in the government? Tell me Iím dreaming. Well, someone dreamed it up and
pulled it off in delightful style, providing excellent acrimonious banter between the two
rival politicians bonding on the road.
Former Presidents Kramer and Douglas are forced to fend for
themselves when President William Haney tries to shift blame for a brewing scandal to his
predecessors. When Kramer and Douglas make noise like they may upset the apple cart, Haney
sets ruthless Colonel Paul Tanner on their trail. The pair escape an helicopter
explosion and make their way through middle America in search of proof of innocence. Some of the
entertaining situations include a moment of recognition in a menís room, dealing with the pains
of car rental. The only time the film seems to veer in the wrong direction is when they hitch a
ride with a family of campers. Clearly, the presidents overstep their mission to provide laughs
Much of the humor revolves around the
personalities of the two main characters and repetitive mistaken identity or shock at finding the
Presidents on unusual situations. The repetitive humor is served in a variety of venues and depends
on the charm of its actors to make it acceptable. Peter Segalís direction is no nonsense from
situation to situation to a rather silly ride to conclusion. My Fellow Americans is an easy
movie to enjoy for its charms.
The former presidents are well cast in James Garner and Jack Lemmon.
The later plays parsimony with a familiar relish, while Garner, aging extremely well, retains his
suave, easygoing style throughout the film. Dan Ackroyd is cartoonish as the current President
William Haney. Everett McGill is a notable villain in the role of Tanner.
Unfortunately, Warner has issued a Pan and Scan only DVD of My
Fellow Americans. Originally composed for 1.85, I didnít notice any significant compromise of
image composition, yet, given the flexibility of DVD, why deliver anything less than the best the
medium can offer. A letterboxed image could have been included even if an anamorphic transfer was
not available. That said, the DVD delivers all the sharpness DVD has to offer. The bright, upbeat
film palette is handsomely transferred to DVD. Colors are brilliant and contrast offers a dazzling
range. Sound is very clean. Errant gun shots and marching band brass are equally well directed on
the sound track. A blooper real provides a bonus of additional laughs
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