Paul Weitz is mad as hell, and he's not gonna take it anymore. The director of American Pie has set out to make a merciless satire of American media culture along the lines of Network, but his ideas are so commonplace that nothing registers except the bile. Hugh Grant does his self-loathing scumbag routine as the host-producer of an American Idol-style reality show, and Dennis Quaid plays a thinly veiled George W. Bush, trying to pump up his approval ratings by serving as guest judge for the final episode. Misguided comedic riffs on Al Qaeda and the Iraq war add to the sense that Weitz is out of his depth. With Mandy Moore, Marcia Gay Harden, Chris Klein, Jennifer Coolidge, Sam Golzari, and Willem Dafoe. PG-13, 107 min.
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