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I really enjoy political satire and films with the president as a character in general. This is a good movie, it was written by Aaron Sorkin, so it has great dialogue. The main problem that brings it down a few pegs is that president Shepard seems to be really politically naive for someone that has been a politician all his life. Like when a picture turns up of Sydney burning a flag at an anti-apartheid rally, the president seems to really not understand why that's a political problem, and he seemed so shocked that people might raise an eyebrow at the president dating a lobbyest that is actively lobbying the white house. And of course, when he announced at the end that he was going to go door to door to take peoples guns away, he lost reelection that very moment. I'm a pretty liberal guy, I would shoot myself in the head before I voted for Bush, but come on, these plot points really went beyond suspension of disbelief. But, the writing is strong, and the cast is wonderful, so it's still worth watching, just be ready to roll your eyes a little.
It was a unique topic to work on, but a one that has been more or less
wasted by a poor script. The president falling in love at first sight?
if you are ready to believe that then go for the movie, the rest will just
As for the acting, not much too speak, Michael Douglas as the President is just okay. Annette Bening plays her part well, a bit uncomfortable though. But the real highlight was the acting of Michael J. Fox. Although he had a small part, but without any doubt stole the show.
All in all, a average movie, 6/10.
Lucky old Mr Douglas - Ms Benning simply gorgeous. Very pretty lady with
smiley eyes. Lovely romantic movie of the old school with lots of likeable
support characters and good situation comedy.
There's a political thread somewhere in here and apparently being 'for' gun and polution control makes this film a radical liberal's joy-fest. Coming from a land where even having this debate would be deemed right-wing extremism, I find some of the previous comments hard to understand. But there's a whole lot that is hard to understand about the US these days.....
There are some vaguely serious points in here about loyalties and the true meaning of freedom and pride in one's country. Some particularly poignant remarks between Douglas and Fox near the end given the current conflict. The context of today makes this an interesting film to revisit - but I owe that Annette B is reason enough for a second dip.
How come no one even half as honorable, informed or intelligent ever gets to be the president of the US? It would be nice to think that this paradigm is not confined to celluloid.
My wife LOVES this movie, so we finally got a copy and I've seen it about five kazillion times, but have to admit that as a light and fluffy chick flick it does somehow stand the test of time and repetition. There are some good quotable lines in it and you can hear some of them repeated in The West Wing, which I also find compulsive viewing (same writers etc). After all, we all need a good image of the American Presidency while You Know Who is at the helm in reality!!!!!
The American President is a brilliant film to watch no matter what your mood. Its the type of film that never gets boring no matter how many times you watch it. This timeless movie about a widowed President falling in love whilst trying to win the next election is a masterpiece that has to be seen. Its an absolute must for your home video collection to shove on on one of those rainy days, or when you're fed up with watching the same old films over and over again. The cast are fantastic in their roles and highly believeable. This is one film that you cannot miss. If you liked 'Dave', you'll like this one too.
This movie is a wonderful way to spend time! President Andrew Shepherd is a widower with a daughter. He falls in love with a lobbyist named Sydney and the public begins to wonder, mostly because his opponent tells them about Sydney's past. I was cheering him on the whole way! If old Bill had done the same thing and admitted it, I might have supported him too. Michael J. Fox is also good. Of course, there's the first daughter, who advises her dad by saying "Were you a dork? If you were, you should say you're sorry. Girls like that." SEE THIS MOVIE!!!!
This movie shows people and politics the way I wish they were. The characters are committed, idealistic, and have a great deal of integrity, and the romance is beautiful. I watch this movie whenever I need inspiration.
In a time of cynical and pessimistic films, it's refreshing to see one that is honest and sincere and simple. This is a film is just that. It is a feel good romance that rarely possesses the corniness that most feel good romances do. It is nice to see a film in which the good guys take the high road and are rewarded for it.
There's not a lot that bothers me, but when you quote a movie, you should at
least have the decency to quote it correctly! Yes Dan, I'm talking about
THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT is my favorite movie of all time and it is disappointing to see that it doesn't get all that it deserves. It has everything a good movie must have, plus it's well directed and entertaining to all audiences. It has comedy ("It's a good thing he cleared that up because that crowd was about to buy some am-way products!"), romance, anger and politics all weaved together in a masterful script. for this movie to be misquoted or wronged in any way is disrespectful to the entire art community.
The American President is a movie that makes you feel good. That seems like corny praise but Rob Reiner's sparkling look at romance in the White House is one of those movies that does everything so well it almost makes itself look effortless. First, there's Aaron Sorkin's remarkable screenplay, which is not only full of great wit but also with extraordinarily smart dialogue. Second, there's the tone that Reiner has set for the film, one that is glamarous and charming enough to hark back to the great romantic comedies of Hollywood's golden age. Third, there is the cast, which is simply perfect. Michael Douglas shows a range that some might have forgotten existed after his recent roles; he's funny and utterly charming. Annette Bening lights up the screen in the classiest romantic performance from an actress in eons. Michael J. Fox has never been better in a movie and neither has Martin Sheen. David Paymer, Wendie Malick, Anna Deaveare Smith, John Mahnoey, Samantha Mathis, and Richard Dreyfuss offer solid support. This is a great, Capraesque movie--one of the finest romantic comedies of the 1990's and one that didn't deserve to be snubbed by the academy when Oscar nominations came out in 1996. The American President is two hours of warm and funny pleasure and the fact that it barely seems to exist in reality is only part of the fun.
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