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Comedy - Romantic

Dave (1993)

Duration1h 50m
RatingsUK: 15, USA: PG-13, Germany: 6 
Source of storyAn original screenplay
DirectorIvan Reitman
Writers/ScriptGary Ross
StarringKevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Frank Langella, Kevin Dunn, Ving Rhames, Ben Kingsley, Charles Grodin, Laura Linney, plus a number of TV hosts and anchors.
RatingsIMDb: 6.8 by 48,907 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 95% by 60 critics.

Elevator Pitch: Dave Kovic is the boss of a temping agency and part time impersonator of the president of the United States at charity events. However the secret service find that the likeness is so convincing that they hire him to replace the president when the latter wants to get together with a staffer for sex. However during sex the president has a stroke leaving Dave with the job until they can work something out. Dave meets and is attracted to the president’s wife who, when she finds out the truth comes to his aide as he faces opposition from the White House Chief of Staff. 

Content:  Absolutely nothing to offend, even the sex scene is tastefully done. Dave is seen pretending to be the president at a local event, and is spirited away by the secret service. The president wears distinctive glasses which Dave is able to put on to change his appearance. The president’s wife sponsors a bill which the president pulls, but with some ingenuity and assistance from his own accountant Dave manages to reinstate it. This involves a lot of meetings in the White House. As Dave and Mrs Pres get together there is a lot of will they won’t they.

A View:  This film was well liked by the critics, as well as President Clinton, and President Obama, who said he liked to watch it to lighten his mood. The screenplay was nominated for “Best Original” in the 1994 Oscars. There are a lot of presidential films out there but even after 27 years this one has stood the test of time, and is ready to entertain you for a very small outlay.

Additional Info: The Oval office built for the film has been used more than 25 times for later productions.

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