Dave (1993)



Critic Consensus: Ivan Reitman's refreshingly earnest political comedy benefits from an understated, charming script and a breezy performance by Kevin Kline.

Movie Info

The ghost of Frank Capra must have smiled when he saw Dave, an amusing and effective update of one of Capra's favorite themes -- the scrupulously honest little guy who becomes a force for good against a corrupt system. Dave Kovic (Kevin Kline) runs an employment agency and seems to genuinely enjoy finding work for people who need it. He also bears a striking resemblance to the president of the United States, Bill Mitchell (also played by Kline) and occasionally gets work as a Bill Mitchell … More

Rating: PG-13 (for momentary language and a situation)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Gary Ross
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 28, 1998
Warner Bros.


as Dave Kovic/Bill Mitc...

as Ellen Mitchell

as Bob Alexander

as Alan Reed

as Duane Stevensen

as Vice President Nance

as Murray Blum

as White House Tour Gui...

as Senate Majority Lead...

as House Majority Leade...

as Mrs. Travis

as Jerry

as Policeman

as Female Senator

as 1st Secret Service

as White House Guard

as President's Physicia...

as Vice President's Son

as 2nd Policeman

as Himself

as Himself

as Himself

as Mom at Durenberger's

as White House Barber

as Trauma Doctor

as Vice-President's Wif...

as Himself

as Director of OMB

as Himself

as Secretary of Treasur...

as Himself

as Himself

as Postmaster General

as Himself

as Herself

as Speaker of the House

as Announcer

as Himself

as Reporter

as Himself

as Secretary of Commerc...
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Critic Reviews for Dave

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (18)

A genial, expertly played political comedy proves that the spirit of Mr. Smith still lives.

Full Review… | August 2, 2013
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

It's impossible to say whether Dave will play as wonderfully over the decades as it does right now, but this smooth-as-silk comedy could not be more timely, or connect more hopefully with our current national consciousness.

Full Review… | August 2, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

While it's sloppy and draggy in parts, Kevin Kline, in the title role, delivers an ingratiating comedic performance.

Full Review… | August 2, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Kline is so polished and resourceful that he can glide his way through even the creakiest bits and make them seem fresh.

Full Review… | August 2, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Though replete with amusing situations and clever lines, its strongest suit is the delicately pitched comic performances of its actors, most especially star Kevin Kline.

Full Review… | August 2, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

After the promisingly nasty beginning, the filmmakers settle into a sort of campaign mode, lulling and flattering the audience with a fairy-tale vision of the common man's victory over the Washington establishment.

Full Review… | August 2, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Dave

Frank Capra would be proud. Ivan Reitman's second best film.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

There's something quite magical about 1993. Not only do I count it as one of the best years of my life, but it's one that also brought us some of the greatest movies I've ever seen. Personal favourites of mine like Jurassic Park and Groundhog Day. Among all those cinematic triumphs, there was also another, more anonymous story. One that sort of fell in the shadow of previously mentioned titans (and that I hadn't really heard of until recently). I'm referring, of course, to Dave. Now, I could speak volumes of what makes this into such a wonderful viewing experience. But as I'm trying to keep my reviews in digestable portions, let me just say the following: Kevin Kline at his career-best, Sigourney Weaver as a lovely first lady. Funny, romantic, touching and inspiring. And these are just a few of the things that I loved about it. An underrated, heartwarming and flawlessly directed comedy, that starts off great and then gets better for every minute thereafter.

Mike S

Super Reviewer


Nothing bad.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

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