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Ah, the American Dream. “Through hard work, courage, and determination, one can achieve financial prosperity.” Riiight. At this point, Lady Liberty would probably cry herself to sleep every night if it weren’t for the recurring nightmare of the culture of slackerdom that has become the new American way. If it’s any consolation to the hard-working parents of today’s stoner society, the three Uruguayan protagonists of Juan Pablo Rebella’s 2001 urban comedy 25 Watts spend their lazy days in the streets of Montevideo every bit as drunk, aimless, and sex-obsessed as their American counterparts. So maybe it’s a worldwide epidemic? Rebella’s grainy vision of day-to-day life combines Kevin Smith’s witty irreverence with Jim Jarmusch’s introspection for a result that is thematically familiar, if culturally and geographically distant. Which is to say, “That’s some deep shit, man.” The film shows at 8:45 p.m. (see Showtimes for other dates) at the American Film Institute’s Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $9.25. (301) 495-6720. (Matthew Borlik)