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The American Ruling Class (2005)

Unrated | | Comedy, Music | 1 March 2007 (USA)
In this first of its kind "dramatic-documentary-musical", Lewis Lapham takes two young Ivy-League graduates on a tour of the corridors of power. The novice careerists must decide: should they seek to rule the world, or to save it?


John Kirby


Lewis Lapham, John Kirby (additional story and dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lewis Lapham ... Himself - Introduced by
Caton Burwell Caton Burwell ... Jack Bellamy
Paul Cantagallo Paul Cantagallo ... Mike Vanzetti
Jessica Silver-Greenberg Jessica Silver-Greenberg ... Taylor Meade
Hollis Witherspoon Hollis Witherspoon ... Emily Gann
Keith Witty Keith Witty ... Garden Party Jazz Band
Steve Blum Steve Blum ... Garden Party Jazz Band
Sam Hoyt Sam Hoyt ... Garden Party Jazz Band
Catherine Mathis Catherine Mathis ... Herself
Caroline Camougis Caroline Camougis ... Herself
Kevin Wilson Kevin Wilson ... Chef at the Pierre
Kathleen Landis Kathleen Landis ... Diner
Eileen Eichenstein Eileen Eichenstein ... Diner
Susan Tsao Susan Tsao ... Diner
David Robinson David Robinson ... Bartender at pier 63


In this first of its kind "dramatic-documentary-musical", Lewis Lapham takes two young Ivy-League graduates on a tour of the corridors of power. The novice careerists must decide: should they seek to rule the world, or to save it?

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America Rules the World! But Who Rules America?


Comedy | Music








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[first lines]
Man: [singing] Here we are a sailing, adrift without a dream. We live for God and country, and yes our God is green. So put your arms around me, until the break of dawn. 'Cause late at night the great and mighty Wurlitzer plays on.
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not that good
17 December 2006 | by vincent-27See all my reviews

The acting is terrible, especially when normal people are told to "act". The only way using non actors works is if they behave naturally, otherwise it's high school play time. I also found the music very annoying, except for the Phillip Glass thrown in there, but even that is distracting, Glass works much better in "Baraka" and "Koyanisqatsi" because there is no dialogue. The final sequence is confusing and aggravating.

It is amazing though that people like James Baker can actually sit there and say the U.S. is a force for good in the world, in 2005! It's incredible the lies that some of these people tell themselves just so they can look at themselves in the mirror.

There are a few good bits, namely the the two economists (looking very much as economists do, stone faced and exceedingly dull) sparring with each other over realism and idealism. One of which seems to get his lunch handed to him when he suggests that there American wealth is more spread out than in 1950. In fact it is much more concentrated.

Lewis Lapham does seem a snooty old bore, looking smugly at this "case studies" throwing off pretentious quote after pretentious quote. Even though he seems to decry the wealthy he offers no other alternative than despair. This film is almost a long guilt ridden apology, almost to say "I'm sorry I sold my soul, but there really is no other way, have pity on me!".

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