This is one of those rare movies that you can watch over and over and never get tired of it. I wouldn't call myself a movie buff by any stretch of the imagination: I don't like going to movie theaters and I don't keep up with the new releases, and I don't even watch most movies when they come on tv. I know this probably sounds strange to most people, because everyone I've ever met seems to define life's experiences by comparing them to or explaining them with movie scenes. I don't do that: I usually don't even have the patience to sit through an entire movie.
My Fellow Americans is a movie I could watch every day and still laugh at the same jokes every time. Jack Lemmon and James Garner star as ex-presidents and life-long rivals. The main plot is about a scandal that the current president (Dan Aykroyd) participated in and is trying to lay on Jack Lemmon's character. The ex-presidents end up on a helicopter that is supposedly taking them to Camp David, but when they find out they're being taken somewhere else instead they force the pilots to land. They get off just in time to avoid the explosion of the helicopter, and are left in the wilderness of West Virginia.
The ex-presidents know that someone is trying to bump them off so the truth won't come out, and they decide to go to the Presidential Library in Ohio to obtain the records that would prove Lemmon's character's innocence in the scandal. They spend a lot of time trying to hide from the men who are trying to kill them, and the public has been told that their helicopter has gone down and they are presumed dead. Most of the movie centers around their journey from the time of the helicopter explosion until they make it back to Washington, D.C.
The movie was released in 1996, and a lot of it was filmed very near to where I live. Everyone who remembers the filming has a story to tell about the big movie stars who came to our little rural corner of the country, and the marching band from my alma mater appeared as the Marching Dorothys at the gay pride parade that the ex-presidents wander into.
You can watch the movie to find out the ending. My favorite part is the constant stream of jokes that takes place between Lemmon and Garner. I have to say that this is not a family movie as there are adult jokes and references, but it's not too over the top, either. This is one of only a handful of movies I can watch over and over and still enjoy it like it was the first time.