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MY FELLOW AMERICANS (1996)

Two former presidents from opposing platforms, Kramer and Douglas, suddenly find themselves reluctant allies when suddenly framed as in a scandal involving current U.S. President Haney.  As the two set on a cross-country adventure in an attempt to uncover the truth behind the cover-up, they are suddenly put face-to-face with the realities of just
how much their political policies affect the citizens of this country.

The great cast is headed by Jack Lemmon, James Garner, and Dan Aykroyd. Other cast members include: John Heard, Wilford Brimley, Everett McGill, Bradley Whitford, and Lauren Bacall.

Director Peter Segal's "My Fellow Americans" is a great comedy dealing with American politics and dirty tricks.

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"A comedy about life, liberty and the pursuit of two ex-Presidents."

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The basic story involves lifelong, arch-political rivals, who each is an ex-president. These two presidents, Russell P. Kramer (Lemmon), and Matt Douglas (Garner), are the innocent victims of a government cover-up. Therefore, some rogue agents are out to capture and kill them. While Lemmon and Garner, of opposite parties, have no love for one another, as they harbor old dislikes for each another, that are explained at the beginning of the movie, they are forced to work together and depend on each other, to allude the bad guys and get to the bottom of who was responsible, why they were targeted and figure out a way to expose the bad guys and prove their own innocence.

Jack Kaplan, Richard Chapman and Peter Tolan get our praise for the enjoyable script, offering a humorous, adventuresome tale, with some underlying meaningful messages that don't overpower the comedic enjoyment of their entertaining comedy, but add to it.

The chemistry between two great actors (Lemmon and Garner), is wonderful. The skill and comic timing between the two of them as they relayed their lines, really fulfilled what the script writers had in mind.

Producer Jon Peters gets the credit for assembling a great cast and production staff.

Dan Aykroyd plays a marvelous villain (President William Haney), bringing his own special comedic talent to the role of the newly elected president, who has a rather large skeleton in his closet, about to pop out at him, unless he can cover up his illegal misdoings with a frame up and murders, to get himself off the hook.

Lauren Bacall is terrific in her small part as Margaret Kramer.

The film has many wonderfully funny moments. One favorite sequence begins when the two presidents, (Lemmon and Garner), are in a small, small town and they go to rent a car. Trying to get the car out of the lot is pretty funny, because they are not used to having to drive their own car. When they put their first rental car out of commission, they are forced to rent another real budget economy car. Just then, the bad guys show up, resulting in a humorous car chase through town. They make their escape, by hurriedly ditching their car, and join a parade in progress, a gay pride "coming out" parade.

Rated PG-13 for salty language and sexual innuendo.

If you enjoyed MY FELLOW AMERICANS you might likeSOME LIKE IT HOT, BIRD ON A WIRE, DOUBLE JEOPARDY, THE FUGITIVE, and/or U.S. MARSHALLS.