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Ivan Reitman's refreshingly earnest political comedy benefits from an understated, charming script and a breezy performance by Kevin Kline. Read critic reviews

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Shifty White House chief of staff Bob Alexander (Frank Langella) hatches a scheme to use a double for the president (Kevin Kline) at a public photo opportunity. Small business owner Dave Kovic (Kline) fits the bill, but after the president suffers a debilitating stroke, opportunist Alexander arranges for Dave to step in full time without even informing the First Lady (Sigourney Weaver). It doesn't take long before the press, the nation and the president's wife realize something is different.

Cast & Crew

Kevin Kline
Dave Kovic, President William Harrison 'Bill' Mitchell
Sigourney Weaver
First Lady Ellen Mitchell
Frank Langella
White House Chief of Staff Bob Alexander
Ben Kingsley
Vice President Gary Nance
Kevin Dunn
Alan Reed, White House Communications Director
Ving Rhames
Secret Service Agent Duane Stevenson
Bonnie Hunt
White House Tour Guide
Parley Baer
Senate Majority Leader
Stefan Gierasch
House Majority Leader
Gary Ross
Screenwriter
Joe Medjuck
Executive Producer
Michael C. Gross
Executive Producer
Adam Greenberg
Cinematographer
Sheldon Kahn
Film Editor
J. Michael Riva
Production Design
David F. Klassen
Art Direction
Michael Taylor
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  • Jun 18, 2019
    Unassuming, heartfelt comedy.
    Spencer M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 10, 2014
    This is an earnest and heartfelt little movie, with a great performance from Kevin Kline. This is one of those sentimental feel-good movies about the little guy that becomes beacon of goodness in the face of corruption and it was a pretty damn good one at that. Personally, I think Kevin Kline tried too hard to be likable, like the little man that can overcome every obstacle put in front of him in order to become a better president than the guy he was hired to replace. Maybe that's how the script was written, but Kevin Kline tries to be too likable, almost to a fault. That's not to say Kevin isn't good, because he is very good and the film, while it has a good script with plenty of comedy, relies on Kevin Kline's shoulders and he's certainly up to the task as he delivers the goods. I think the script also has some pretty serious "dark" moments, particularly for how light-hearted the film is. Like the whole stroke thing with the real president, that guy never gets out of that coma. It's not super dark, but you don't usually see that in these light-hearted, silly comedies. So I thought that was a good touch that added a little more serious touch to a silly story. The cast is really quite good and they're definitely the reason the film gets the score that it does. The script is also quite funny and I think that combination makes the film a lot of fun to watch even if it is a little sentimental.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Nov 20, 2011
    Frank Capra would be proud. Ivan Reitman's second best film.
    Graham J Super Reviewer
  • Aug 07, 2011
    This is an absurd plot, however it's an enjoyable little movie to watch when there's nothing better to do. It's mediocre.
    Sarah P Super Reviewer

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