Writer: Gary Ross (Screenplay)
Starring: Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Frank Langella, Kevin Dunn, Ving Rhames, Ben Kingsley, Charlie Grodin, Laura Linney, Bonnie Hunt
Plot: Bill Mitchell is the philandering and distant President of the United States. Dave Kovic is a sweet-natured and caring Temp Agency operator, who by a staggering coincidence looks exactly like the President. As such, when Mitchell wants to escape an official luncheon, the Secret Service hires Dave to stand in for him. Unfortunately, Mitchell suffers a severe stroke whilst having sex with one of his aides, and Dave finds himself stuck in the role indefinitely. The corrupt and manipulative Chief of Staff, Bob Alexander, plans to use Dave to elevate himself to the White House – but unfortunately, he doesn’t count on Dave enjoying himself in office, using his luck to make the country a better place, and falling in love with the beautiful First Lady
Verdict: Charming Comedy
Story: The question to ask yourself would be, what would you do if you became President? Dave gets to see what happens when he learns the real inside stories of the White House. He chooses to try and make things better, making important changes to the country instead of just being a puppet. It all works into a very good comedy that granted won’t make you laugh out loud but will give you enjoyment. (8/10)
Kevin Kline: Dave Kovic/Bill Mitchell most part of the film is Dave playing President Bill Mitchell. Dave is just a regular guy who spends his time trying to make sure people have jobs. When he gets a chance to pretend to be the President he ends up getting talked into becoming a temporary replacement but when he starts doing things his way he could end up getting exposed all while changing the country for the better. Good performance from Kline who gets to use all his comedy while keeping everything serious. (9/10)
Sigourney Weaver: Ellen Mitchell the wife of the President who has grown distant from him over the years, but with Dave in charge she starts to see some change in the man see once loved. She is also smart enough to know he is not the man she married and starts to fall in love with Dave himself. Good supporting performance. (7/10)
Frank Langella: Bob Alexander the chief of staff who puts Dave in the position hoping that he can improve his position in the cabinet only he didn’t count on Dave doing such a good job. Good performance in the villainous role. (8/10)
Director Review: Ivan Reitman – Good direction to make a charming comedy that takes a serious matter lightly instead of just making it an over the top comedy. (8/10)
Comedy: Solid use of comedy that makes you laugh when it needs to but shows you the serious when it needs to. (7/10)
Settings: Most is set in the White House but each other setting it designed to work for President Position. (9/10)
Suggestion: This is a comedy that I think everyone will enjoy it offers plenty of laughs and an opportunity to see what a normal person would change in power. (Watch)
Best Part: Budget scene
Worst Part: Others a few conspiracy theories.
Funniest Scene: First walk into the Oval office.
Believability: No (0/10)
Chances of Tears: No (0/10)
Chances of Sequel: No
Post Credits Scene: No
Oscar Chances: Nominated for One Oscar
Box Office: $63 Million
Runtime: 1 Hour 50 Minutes
Tagline: Dave Kovic was an ordinary guy who was asked to impersonate the President. When they gave him a chance to make the country better…he did.
Overall: Solid Comedy