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DAVE (1993) - PG13
When President Bill Mitchell decides he needs to be in two places at once, he hires Dave Kovic-a deadringer look alike- to stand-in for him while he escapes to have a fling with one of his aides. Unfortunately, in the midst of his sexual liaison, President Mitchell suffers a stroke, leaving Dave in the sticky situation of indefinitely impostering the President of the United States under the advice of Chief of Staff, Bob Alexander. But the nefarious Alexander, has an ulterior motive involving a plot to usurp "Dave" and ascertain the presidency for himself, putting the loveable Dave in one compromising situation after the next in this endearing political comedy.
Director Ivan Reitman, with "Dave," delivers a fun, heart warming, life- affirming comedy.
The cast includes: Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Frank Langella, Ben Kingsley, Kevin Dunn, Ving Rhames, Charles Grodin, Faith Prince, Laura Linney, Bonnie Hunt, Parley Baer, Stefan Gierasch, and Anna Deavere Smith.
"This the ultimate 'What if?' scenario."
"Dave" tells the adventures of the
positive, upbeat Dave Kovic (Kevin Kline) who not only runs a
temporary employment agency, but makes extra money impersonating
the current President Bill Mitchell (Kevin Kline) as he has an
amazing resemblance to this U.S. President. When the president
has a crippling, incapacitating stroke, while making love to a
secretary, the look-a-like is secretly put into the president's
place, because of political ambitions of Bill Mitchell's Chief
of Staff Bob Alexander (Frank Langella). To complicate things
for Dave, is the fact that the real president is a womanizing,
slimy politician, and his wife hates his guts. Will she notice
the difference in Dave's character, and put two and two together?
The talented director, Ivan Reitman, does a fabulous job keeping the pacing tight, and the laughs coming, as he knows how to direct actors in a comedy, to bring out the spirit of the script. Reitman also directed such films as "Ghostbusters," "Ghostbusters 2," "Kindergarten Cop," and "Evolution."
Kevin Kline is a delight as the presidential look-a-like.
He brings much charm to the role, one of his most audience pleasing
characterizations in years. When Dave Kovic comes back to his apartment
one late afternoon, he finds two Secret Service Agents sitting in
his living room. They hire him to impersonate President Mitchell,
to be a decoy who is to walk down the hallway, wave to the crowds
and go into a waiting car. Halfway back to his apartment, the car
turns around and returns to the White House, where an extremely
illegal proposition is strongly suggested by both Bob Alexander
and Alan Reed (Kevin Dunn I), when they want to keep President Mitchell's
debilitating stroke which happened with a mistress.
Ben Kingsley shines as the put-upon Vice President Nance. Kingsley conveys quiet dignity, on the screen, as well as any actor alive.
Ving Rhames is convincing as the stoic secret service agent who is assigned to protect Dave.
Frank Langella plays a great bad guy, Bill Mitchell's Chief of Staff Bob Alexander, who schemes to become the next president, in any manner possible. My favorite scene with Langella opens with a White house tour group going through the White House. Suddenly Frank Langella character, Bob Alexander,who is absolutely furious, storms by the group, seething with anger, because Dave took him at his word, and found a way to save the homeless shelters. This means more trouble for Dave. When Dave, dismisses Alexander as his chief of Staff, the fireworks begin as Alexander makes it public the financial illegal shenanigans of the real President Mitchell.
The last 25 minutes is most entertaining as Dave finds a clever way, with the help of his friends to creatively back out of his presidential gig, and let the real comatose president take his place, with the Vice-President taking the reins of responsibility.