Barry Levinson's "Wag The Dog," is surprisingly very good. It's when the politics of Washington meets Hollywood. Robert DeNiro does very fine work as a government official who hires movie producer Dustin Hoffman, (Who is excellent in this movie and really keeps the movie going), to produce a fake war against Albania, after the president is accused of cornering and having sexual contact with a 13 year old. DeNiro has obviously been sent in to cover up the story so in order to do that and assure the president gets re-elected come election time, that's when Dustin Hoffman comes into play to produce a fake war in order to maintain the president's legacy. Anne Heche also does good work here as the president's aid and DeNiro's adviser while they produce this fake war. Most people might tune out after the first 30 minutes once the realize the political tactics attached to this movie, but I got to say it's not bad, and a very a nice approach by Barry Levinson. For me though, the movie doesn't really earn it's rating until Woody Harrelson makes a small appearance as a soldier who is also a military convict, who is used as a fake prisoner from the fake Albanian war that America is pretending to be involved in. Woody Harrelson really gives the movie it's ultimate push, as he is truly comical in the role, as he has proven from time to time in such movies as "Kingpin," and "Zombieland," but in "Wag The Dog," you really see that Woody Harrelson has a natural talent for comedy. After all, the man has also proven what a serious dramatic talent he is too in movies like "The Messenger," even though he has some comedic parts in the movie, it's still a very serious movie and he does also in that movie for which he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his work, he does also have some very good dramatic moments in the film. But we also cannot forget his performance along side Matthew McConaughey in HBO's "True Detective," as Harrelson along with McConaughey have definitely given us the best cop duo in ages! I truly believe without Woody's comedic trun in this movie, it would have been just another political black satire, even though that's what it clearly is, but there's something about Woody Harrelson and Dustin Hoffman's performance that makes it worth watching and that is because believe it or not, this stuff does probably actually happen. I wouldn't dismiss it, as our government as proven and shown time and time again that anything is possible with Washington, anything! But "Wag The Dod," definitely deserves a look as it truly is in the hands of Barry Levinson, who truly has shown in the past with movies like "Rain Man," and "Sleepers," that he is in full control of his movies, and is a very well proficient director, who any actor would be a fool to not sign up for one of his movies in my opinion. Other than those key factors in the movie, it's really a movie you have to decide for yourself whether it's for you or not, but I advise all movie lovers like me, to hang in there and go with the flow as there are some suprising and funny moments from Dustin Hoffman as the movie producer, who really plays his role perfectly that as a big Hollywood A-lister himself, I'm sure he has had his fair share of all types of movie producers, so I wouldn't be surprised him Hoffman's performance was based on one or several movie producer's he has worked with throughout his career. Check it out, see what you think, but if I can make one suggestion it's this, stay with Dustin Hoffman once he shows up on screen, as he truly proves why he really is such a natural talent, and really one of the greatest actors that will ever live.