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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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But my greatest admiration is for Reitman who gives every character in this movie a chance to shine. Charles Grodin being seduced by the promise of bratwurst. Ving Rhames discussing how he looks in a sweater. Ben Kingsley becoming nostalgic about how a shoe salesman became Vice President. Frank Langella humming Hail to the Chief while he forges the president's signature. The timing and subtlety of these touches makes me wonder if this is the same Ivan Reitman who did movies as unsubtle as Ghostbusters!
If national politics is getting you down, this is the perfect antidote. Lovely Washington photography, too. Kevin Kline can be my president any time!
This is definitely a movie to buy because it needs to be seen many times. The innumerable funny pearls in this movie alone are worth the price of the DVD. For Minnesotans, one of the slyest gags was Dave's gig early in the moview, imitating the President at the grand opening of Durenberger Motors in his home town. The movie was released around the time that David Durenberger (Minnesota's senior senator) was embroiled in an ethics scandal. A personal favorite moment was the scene where Dave (with the help of his accountant buddy played by Charles Grodin) pares the federal budget to save a homeless shelter for children -- the cabinet members bemusedly participating just like a family sitting around the kitchen table wrestling with its own budget. Priceless.
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!