Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Dave (1993) [PG-13] *****

Dave Kovic is a good-hearted guy who runs a little employment agency. He finds work for people, mostly by getting his friend Murray Blum to hire them as temps in Murray's accounting office. Dave also happens to look exactly like the President of the United States; a decidedly evil character named Bill Mitchell. When Dave is recruited to double for the President at a public function, and the President has a stroke, Dave finds himself thrust into a role he first resists, and then embraces, with hilarious results.

Kevin Kline is wonderful both as Dave and as President Mitchell. Sigourney Weaver is terrific as the First Lady who recognizes in Dave what her husband had the potential to be. Frank Langella is superb as Bob Alexander, the malevolent Chief of Staff. And the supporting cast is outstanding, especially Charles Grodin as Dave's friend Murray Blum, Ving Rhames as Duane Stevenson, the Secret Service agent, Kevin Dunn as Alan Reed, White House Communications Director, and Ben Kingsley as Vice-President Nance. This is a funny, heart-warming movie with a love story and a happy ending. It's a film you will enjoy again and again.

Labels: comedy, politics, romance, satire
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