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In a nation where anybody can become President, what would happen if somebody gave a nobody the keys to the Oval Office? Academy Award-winner Kevin Kline stars as Dave Kovic, a mild-mannered office manager who looks exactly like the President of The United States--whom he is hired to impersonate. But when a sudden illness waylays the President, Dave's one-night job doesn't end, and he must deal with the hilarious complications of fooling an entire country, as well as an increasingly suspicious First Lady.]]>
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Kevin Kline is glorious as the U.S. President lookalike who substitutes and gets swept away by the sheer enjoyment of playing the role on a grand stage (not just at car dealership openings), then by the satisfaction of accomplishing things with the power he wields. But all the actors (and cameos of real-life politicians, newscasters, etc.) are fun … from Dave's accountant friend Charles Grodin (who drops by the White House to help balance the budget and warns, "Get out of here as fast as you can!") to betrayed First Lady Sigourney Weaver ("Why couldn't you die from a stroke like everyone else?") to White House tour guide Bonnie Hunt ("And we're walking, and we're walking, and we're stopping").
Dave is lovable, childlike, and irresistible. And the movie about him is charming, entertaining, and wonderful!
The good-hearted Dave believes he is simply acting for the good of the country. In waters deeply over his head (imagine being thrust into a presidential briefing!), Dave is easily manipulated, especially in the early going. Over time, though, Dave starts to realize that no one outside of the chief of staff's innermost circle realizes that anything has changed. To them, he IS the president. Dave sees the scheming chief of staff's manipulations for what they are, and slowly starts exerting some presidential authority on his own. The outraged chief of staff can't stop him or reveal him because that would reveal the chief's own role in the ruse.
Even the first lady, who was emotionally estranged from her president-husband, starts falling in love with Dave. He represents all of the good things that her president-husband had long ago abandoned.
I'd spoil your fun if I told any more at this point! If you need something to help you feel good, you will love this movie!