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Comedy-drama about a widowed U.S. president and a lobbyist who fall in love. It's all above-board, but "politics is perception" and sparks fly anyway.

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Andrew Shepherd is approaching the end of his first term as President of the United States. He's a widower with a young daughter and has proved to be popular with the public. His election seems assured. That is until he meets Sydney Ellen Wade, a paid political activist working for an environmental lobby group. He's immediately smitten with her and after several amusing attempts, they finally manage to go on a date (which happens to be a State dinner for the visiting President of France). His relationship with Wade opens the door for his prime political opponent, Senator Bob Rumson, to launch an attack on the President's character, something he could not do in the previous election as Shepherd's wife had only recently died. Written by garykmcd

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Why can't the most powerful man in the world have the one thing he wants most?

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Rated PG-13 for some strong language | See all certifications »

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17 November 1995 (USA)  »

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Mi querido presidente  »

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$62,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,132,043 (UK) (15 December 1995)

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£2,628,944 (UK) (19 January 1996)
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One of the few rare PG-13 movies allowed to keep its PG-13 rating despite the use of the word "fuck" three times (all within 15 minutes of each other), but none used in sexual context. See more »

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In his final speech at the film's end, President Shepherd describes the American Civil Liberties Union as "an organization whose sole purpose is to defend the Bill of Rights". In truth, the first director of the ACLU, Roger Baldwin, was a devout Communist at the time. He wrote, "We are for socialism, disarmament, and ultimately for abolishing the state itself... We seek the social ownership of property, the abolition of the propertied class, and the sole control of those who produce wealth. Communism is the goal." Baldwin later abandoned the Communist Party, but his successors at the ACLU stayed on the same path. See more »

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David: We should do some prep work. You wanna order in?
Sydney Ellen Wade: Uh, I can't. I'm having dinner at the White House. So let's start early tomorrow morning, say 7:30?
David: Okay. I'm having lunch at the Kremlin, so we'll have to, you know, start even earlier than that.
Sydney Ellen Wade: Good night, David.
David: In order for me to catch the morning plane to Moscow.
Sydney Ellen Wade: Good night, David!
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Better than apple pie
25 May 2000 | by (Oslo, Norway) – See all my reviews

This Reiner flick is a gem of the nineties. In its genre probably the best thing to hit the screens since Capra rounded them up over half a century ago.

The story itself is nothing extraordinary. Set in Washington it is a simple tale of love between lobbyist Sidney Wade and widow President Andrew Sheperd. Flung into love they both encounter obstacles as both opposition and political differences tear them apart. No need to worry though, all is well that ends well. And Reiner is not the one to slip one on us.

What makes this film shine above most are not the development of characters or the underdeveloped political statements. Its the achievement of giving audiences 90 minutes of pure bliss. Douglas is lovable as president, Beattys spouse makes you jealous as always, J. Fox never misses an opportunity to display huge talent and Dreyfuss is just the kind of guy you love to hate. Add a dose of victorious political correctness and top it of with a final speech that raises the hair on any kinds of neck but rednecks, and you got your evening made.

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