American Breakdown (2008)

American Breakdown was released on DVD on September 13, 2011
American Breakdown cover


Ten individuals set out to find themselves in an alienating world, filled with heartbreak, deception and tragedy. With so much at stake, these strangers struggle to overcome their fates and find their place in a frequently harsh and unforgiving world.

Reviews & Ratings:

2.3 User Reviews (29)


US DVD Release Date September 13, 2011
UK DVD Release Date UK - Not announced
Australia DVD Release Date AU - Not announced

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Complete Movie Details

Run time 90 minutes
DVD and Blu-ray Release Date September 13, 2011
Actors Steve Carell, James Gandolfini, Josh Hartnett, Paul Walker, Scott Caan
Directed by David Brooks, Paul Carafotes
Studio Phase 4 Films
Genre(s) Comedy, Drama
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Where to Rent
Netflix Redbox

29 Visitor Reviews for American Breakdown

  1. jane says:

    The “Live and Learn” saying on the front and the title “American Breakdown” made me think this movie was a complete joke meant to highlight the breadown in America that would cause me to rent anything that has an all star cast. The “Live and Learn” acknowledging that I wasted my money and should know better next time. It seems kind of paranoid but that’s about the only sense I could make of all of it, but of course I didn’t finish it, lol.

  2. Jancy says:

    Please tell me this was a joke. I just cannot believe they called this a movie. I wish I was smart enough to read these reviews before renting this load of crap. If you have not rented this “film” let me tell you it has a few short stories with no meaning or connection to each other. My 4 year old son’s books are more interesting than these short films. I rather watch Dora and Diego with my son that’s how bad this thing they call a movie is. Don’t be fooled by the actors on the cover some are in it for only 3 seconds and some you just sit there and wonder WTH were you thinking to take this role.

  3. marco says:

    Hard to watch, but made me think of real life, nowadays, other than tv spots and commercials and politics and fake optimism and fake smiles…
    Next time I’ll choose a comedy!

  4. Ray says:

    Seeing this movie makes me wish Edison was a shoemaker.

  5. jessica says:

    Omg. Wtf.

  6. rainy says:

    I’ve never reviewed a movie before. But this left me speechless… this movie cannot.. be serious..

  7. Jessica says:

    I was very confused & I thought the stories would tie together……wow what a fucking waste of time I’m gonna take a shit on this dvd, put back in the case, return it to redbox……..I WANT MY DOLLAR BACK

  8. Mpho says:

    This movie SUCKS! After 15 min I switched it off and Tried to watch some porn and I couldn’t get it up!!!

  9. jason says:

    We watched 5 minutes and decided it would be more interesting to watchkeeping up with the kardashians

  10. Phil says:

    I’m always stunned to watch a movie this bad. It’s like getting punched in the gut by a child. It always surprises you how bad it hurts. I thought the Steve Carrell short was actually almost a little humorous in an intentionally unintentional kinda way. That tricked me into thinking there would be at least one more near-decent moment. Wrong. I should have just gone to work today.

  11. tyler says:

    someone please post phone number to redbox so i can demand my money back im afraid to rent movies redbox now that im unsure of whst a waste of time this was worse than bucky larson

  12. John says:

    I am somewhat taken aback by the passivity of the reviewers—I spent a grand total of $4.99 as a cable rental, and did so, of course, because of the cast, and worse, the misleading description of this thing. I managed to get through the first of the six turds that dropped out of the ass of this movie and enough was enough. Two days later I’m still full of self-loathing.
    But now, not so much because this may have been the worst example of a Hollywood bait-and-switch. So, my suggestion is this:
    Let’s form a mob, yes a mob, find Carell and Gandolfini (those are the only two worth finding) and “inquire” of them how and why they did this to an unsuspecting public that loves them. We’ll figure out how to get the real scoop when we find them.

  13. lisa Nicole says:

    I am jumping off a bridge after watching 15 minutes of this shit. The absolute worst movie and worst acting I have EVER seen. ever

  14. Buddy Acker says:

    -1 out of 5. This movie is fucking terrible.

  15. Joe says:

    Absolutely the worst movie was stupid think that professional adults actually spent money to make this is ridiculous.from the start of their filming to my watching it has been a gross waste of time.steve carrel couldn’t have played a stupider character.too even be considered a movie is the american breakdown.

  16. Mel says:

    Second everything I’ve read in others’ reviews. This was incredibly awful movie – I took pity on my suffering and turned it off 1/4 way in. Glad to see from others reviews I made the right choice. I’m finding myself actually mesmerized a bit, wanting to find out how it could be so bad. WTF happened!

    Makes my list of top 5 worst movies I’ve ever seen

  17. Jenn says:

    My husband picked this movie thinking with all the “famous” actors in it, it would be good. All I have to say is thank god this disaster wasn’t my movie pick. We were watching the movie trying to figure out Wtf was going on when all of he sudden the movie credits came on… At that point we decided to Google the reviews for this crap , finding this review site. You are all right on the money with how absolutey horrible this movie is. We got more entertainment from reading all the posts then you could ever get from this Theatrical DISASTER.

  18. dillan versai says:

    I cannot believe that this movie was released. There are many terrible movies that come out these days, yet this one has pushed the envelope of simply being a poor film.I simply do not understand how this movie was released with so many big name actors, and how it was so disappointing. Please stop ripping us off. Give us some quality movies. I am a true movie buff, and if I would of paid ten bucks to see this in the theaters, I would of been truly pissed off.

  19. Eli says:

    What an incredible cast! James Gandolfini, Paul Walker, the Office guy, that girl no one really cares about, and the soldier from Black Hawk Down. John could not have said it any better! This movie (can you even call it that?) is a waste of time, space, time, money, time, credibility, and time. The following is a list of things you can do that are all superior to watching this movie:
    – slap random strangers
    – increase the height you jump off random buildings
    – go treasure hunting under the kitchen sink and drink random fluids and chemicals you find
    – randomly drive your car in reverse down a busy highway
    – go to your local pet store, blindfold yourself, and randomly put your hand in the tarantula and scorpion cages

  20. Tira says:

    If i had absolutely nothing else to watch I would rather watch the dvd screen saver with dvd floating around the screen than to watch this crap.

  21. Tim says:

    The redbox DVD was scratched and would not play the first short properly …I didn’t realize that it was actually just our blu-ray player attempting to get my wife and I to watch something else. I not only want my money back for renting this, I would also like a letter of apology from somebody and a coupon for another movie to make up for the waste of my life that was spent with it (I think we tried 3 of the 10 shorts and decided to watch the grass grow instead)

  22. sydney says:

    excellent movie if you just need that extra push to put a gun to your head. ive lost complete faith in hollywood….

  23. crane says:

    I too paid too much to see this horrible movie, I typically like james gandolfini in everything, I didn’t even understand the point of his role in the movie…red box should be embarrassed to peddle such filth, not filth, not a B movie, which would give to much credit, this was a break your dvd player movie out of disgust and intolerability.

  24. chitownbassist says:

    I paid 50 cents for this, as a result of Redbox offering me a second dvd at half price. I want my money back. I could not make it through this movie. It is entirely vacant and meaningless, and seeks to substitute style for substance. The acting is terrible, but there is one person involved with the movie that deserves a best actor award for his work on the film. That would be the person who “Pitched” all these huge movie stars to be in this horrible film. That MUST have been an oscar worthy performance!

  25. Dennis says:

    John Bradley, reading your comment almost (almost) made it worth watching that foul smelling stench they call American Breakdown.

  26. LKW the majestic says:

    This was absolutely one of the top 5 worst, stupidest movie we have
    sat down to watch. My husband kept saying “if you paid a $1 for
    this, you paid tooo much.”

  27. Jennifer says:

    In response to John Bradleys review… Dead on!

  28. Bob Barker says:

    Absolutely perfect review by John Bradley. It is honest and completely accurate. I am afraid to even take it out of the DVD player out of fear that the depravity is contagious

  29. John Bradley says:

    When I watched the movie American Breakdown the following came to mind brilliant, luminous, great, striking, majestic, intelligent, superb and masterful. I was thinking of Battlefield Earth and how it compared to this movie. I consider Battlefield Earth the greatest DVD ever made to scrape up dog crap from a neighbors lawn when you forget the plastic poo-per scooper bag. I would never use a DVD of American Breakdown on dog poop out of my respect for my dog excrement.

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