My Fellow Americans

An appalling piece of junk (1996) that tries to redo The Odd Couple and Grumpy Old Men in presidential terms, starring Jack Lemmon and James Garner as former U.S. presidents who hate each other but find themselves fleeing cross-country together from a scandal that implicates them both. This painfully formulaic, laughless comedy contrives to solve the problems of the homeless and the jobless in the space of a sound bite; it also patronizes gays and lesbians at every opportunity. Peter Segal directed from a script by E. Jack Kaplan, Richard Chapman, and Peter Tolan; with Dan Aykroyd, John Heard, Wilford Brimley, Everett McGill, Bradley Whitford, and Lauren Bacall. (JR)

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