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Just who runs this country anyway? For comedy fans, the answer is - Dave. Kevin Kline (A Fish Called Wanda, In & Out) and Sigourney Weaver (Working Girl, Ghostbusters) star in this box-office winner about an uncanny Presidential lookalike named Dave, who's recruited by the Secret Service to become a momentary stand-in for the President of the United States. However, things don't turn out exactly as planned and Dave finds himself continuing his masquerade as Chief Executive indefinitely. Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters and 6 Days, 7 Nights) directs and supporting players Frank Langella, Ving Rhames, Ben Kingsley and Charles Grodin supply more reasons to stand up and cheer. Many real-life Washington politicos and pundits join the fun as Dave uses ordinary-guy savvy to deal with the extraordinary responsibilities of the Oval Office.
- Featurette "The Making of Dave"
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This is a fun, good-hearted movie. Kline is endearing as the underdog who suddenly becomes the Commander and Chief. The supporting cast is also strong, with good performances from Sigourney Weaver, Frank Langella, Ving Rhames, Ben Kingsley and especially Charles Grodin in limited screen time. This comedy manages to steer clear of potty humor and the like that is so common in films today, and instead explores the subject with an almost childlike innocence.
Parental Advisory: Dave is rated PG-13. It does contain one adulterous sex scene that is heard more than seen (there is no nudity). There is another scene where a man is seen showering through fogged glass. His buttocks are visible briefly, but that's all. There is some mild profanity at points and a couple abuses of God's name. Other than these bits, it is a relatively tame movie.
The quality of the Blu-ray transfer is quite good. Details are sharp, and colors are strong. The sound is a little bit soft, however--I had to crank it on my system. The weird thing was that it would not go any higher than a certain point. It sounded no louder at 60 than it did at 30. When there was no background noise, it was okay. But when my wife started doing some stuff in the kitchen, it made it difficult to hear the dialogue at times. Nevertheless, I was still pleased with this Blu-ray. If you are considering an upgrade from DVD, it is worth it.
Dave is a light, heart-warming comedy. It is a good antidote to some of the crass, hit you over the head comedies that are being made these days. I highly recommend it.
I found this movie to be a fun and lighthearted story. Kevin Kline nails his dual-roles. There are also many cameo appearances by real-life politicians and celebrities (such as Tip O'Neill and Jay Leno) that add to the fun. Despite the premise, this movie is not an overly serious satire of American politics nor is it a political drama. Instead, we get an optimistic movie with a happy ending. In some ways, the movie is a product of the times when America was a little more innocent than today (post-Cold War and pre-9/11).
In conclusion, this is a fun movie with good acting.