My Fellow Americans

Released 1996


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Peter Segal

My Fellow Americans is a 1996 comedy about two former presidents making a run for their lives. Current U.S. President William Haney (Dan Ackroyd) has a money scandal on his hands. Like any successful politician, he finds a way to pin the blame on someone else. In this case, it is the two preceding White House residents, President Matt Douglas (James Garner) and President Russell P. Kramer (Jack Lemmon). Although the two former election rivals have been on opposite sides of the political spectrum, they form an unlikely alliance to clear their names and save their lives. First, their helicopter transport explodes, and then they must find an incognito way to Kramer's Presidential library in Ohio for evidence. Along the way, they pose as celebrity impersonators and encounter a wide array of strange fellow Americans in the form of an Elvis impersonator, a salty truck driver and a lesbian motorcycle gang. Director Peter Segal avoids politics and keeps the focus on the antagonistic relationship between these two large and contrasting egos for a delightful comic combustion.



Metacritic Score

  • 75

    Miami Herald

    Glib octogenarians Jack Lemmon and James Garner are two irresistibly foulmouthed former commanders-in-chief who refuse to fade into the lecture circuit. The movie is a wicked indic...

  • 63

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    This is not a great comedy and will be soon forgotten, but it has nice moments.

  • 50

    Philadelphia Inquirer Desmond Ryan

    Surely there is a good comedy to be framed around that strange limbo of powerless celebrity we reserve for our ex-presidents. My Fellow Americans merely proves that it has yet to b...

Dan Aykroyd

Dan Aykroyd

President William Haney

John Heard

John Heard

Vice President Ted Matthews

Jack Lemmon

Jack Lemmon

President Russell P. Kramer

James Garner

James Garner

President Matt Douglas

Conchata Ferrell

Conchata Ferrell

Woman Truck Driver

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