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This is a sweet, funny movie that we always watch at holiday gatherings
on October 13, 2011
This is one of those movies that never fails to make you laugh and to shed a tear.
It's all about the relationship between the Former First Lady Tess, played by Shirley MacLaine, and her secret service contingent, lead by Doug Chesny played by Nick Cage.
She's fiesty, determined and cantankerous when she doesn't get her way and what she wants is to keep her Special Agent in Charge Doug at her side while he yearns to get back into the thick of being a Secret Service agent instead of living the life of a retiree.
The secret behind her desire to hold onto Doug is *spoiler alert* the fact that he so loved Tess' late husband who died while still serving as President. He was loyal, protected his secrets and served him steadfastly and while Tess' own children were divorced from the normal family dynamic, she sees Doug as a surrogate son whom her late husband trusted implicitly and Doug is her last link to her late husband, who she still loves despite the fact that he died while entertaining another woman.
The movie focuses on their relationship and the depth of care that they develop for each other while bad behavior and some dangerous twists occur, most of them leading to outright guffaws of laughter and some tears.
It's one of those sweet movies that has so much going for it that if we don't have it out during our family gatherings for the holidays, people ask for it to be brought out and played.
And, while there are a few moments of blue language, it's a great movie for kids as well as grown ups, an all around family classic.