My Fellow Americans (1996)

“Hail to the chief, he’s the chief and he needs hailing. He is the chief, so everybody hail like crazy. Hail to… that’s more or less how it…” – Russell Kramer

Number of Times Seen – Twice (26 May 2000 and 18 Feb 2020)

Brief Synopsis – Two quarreling ex-Presidents are framed for a crime and must work together to clear their names while also stay alive.

My Take on it – This is a film that I saw nearly twenty years ago and had quite fond memories of it.

It remains so much fun largely due to the way that the two main characters interact throughout the film.

Their constant bickering helps keep this movie at a high level of enjoyment throughout which is great.

Both Jack Lemmon and James Garner are perfectly cast in these roles and help make things so believable by the way that they constantly act throughout the movie.

The pacing is great and things  move along really smoothly while constantly gaining momentum along the way.

Love the way that this movie manages to blend together political intrigue, scandal, and social issues all shown with a comedic twist the entire way through that adds so much to the perspective of things.

Along with these two leads, the supporting cast is also great and they help things move along in a fun and meaningful way from start to finish which enhances things even more.

Bottom Line – Fun film that works due to the bickering between the two leads. Both Lemmon and Gardner are perfectly cast in these roles and help keep things moving along in a great way.  The story moves along at a great pace and keeps its momentum going the whole way through. The film manages to find a way to mix together political intrigue, scandal and social issues all into one as things move forward.  The supporting cast is also great and help keep things so much fun from start to finish. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This was originally supposed to be a Walter Matthau/Jack Lemmon movie with the role of Matt Douglas written for Matthau. However, due to illness, Matthau pulled out and was replaced by James Garner. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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