Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Sean Kelly

Canadian Film Fest 2017: #AnAmeicanDream

A college graduate discovers the harsh realities of modern America in #AnAmericanDream. William Bowman (Jake Croker) is an all-American young man, who takes an internship at financial company. While it initially seems that William has a bright future ahead of his, he arrives at work one day to find it has been bought out by a Hong Kong firm. This is the first of many cracks in the American Dream that William experiences, as he finds himself in a number of unlucky situations that reveal the true face of America.

#AnAmericanDream is a satire of modern American written and directed by Ken Finkleman, who brought us Airplane II: The Sequel 35 years ago. Through a series of misadventures, William Bowman discovers that the American Dream isn't all that is cracked up to be. This includes perverted TV preachers, town hall meetings that turn into bloody gunfights, staged terrorist attacks, teenage news reporters, and a reality TV show about every topic imaginable.

It seems that #AnAmericanDream's idea of satire is to mock every aspect of American culture imaginable and hope that something sticks. The end result is a film that seems to be trying to hard and I ended up finding the end result more irritating than funny. While Ken Finkleman does have a history in satire with Airplane II, that was a long time ago and #AnAmericanDream ended up being a film that did not work for me at all.

2 / 10 stars

Sean Kelly

About Sean Kelly -

Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described ├╝ber-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).