The “almost true story” of two teenage best friends, played by Kirsten Dunst and Michelle Williams, who wander away from a White House tour, meet President Nixon and become privy to highly confidential information about the president.
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Only 3.0? C'mon, guys, don't underestimate smart-to-be-silly screwball parody. I saw it at Cinefamily for their "Impeach the President" 4th of July series, and oddly, it feels more at home in a 2017 rep house than a 1999 multiplex. Released when most viewers were either too young or too old, its spirit is a riot—and its idea that, to bring down a president, you need the commitment of teenyboppers ain't meaningless.
Our general history: idiotic, puttering crimes of garrulous half-wit clowns. DICK is salable as dumb entertainment for the popcorn contingent, but it's also a fairly ardent exponent of Mikhail Bakhtin's concept of the "carnivalesque," doing the topsy-turvy whereby things we are supposed to make solemn faces about achieve the status of caca quip. Girl power? Hey, ain't nuffin' gendered about the triumph o' the blithe.
This is an upper-echelon Nixon portrayal + a portrait of a type of girlhood that I don't often see in the movies. The protagonists aren't children, they're adolescents, yet they aren't presented (for the most part) in an especially sexualized manner, a somewhat rare feat. I LOVE this conceptually, the issue is the comedic premise (dumb blondes unwittingly change history) wears thinner and thinner with each scene.
It was funny. The story revolves around the Watergate scandal as the girls characters (Williams and Dunst) bring the story around. Despite all the clichés, I ended up laughing and liking this film (the annoying 90s formula, and the dumb blondes with a mission). It was actually good fun. Besides, you never get to see Kirsten Dunst and Michelle Williams again ever. You also just gotta love all that 70s music.
I love movies that take all of the hot air out of serious people and serious events.
I cannot help but giggle throughout this movie.
Nixon watching "Love American Style" and exiting to "You're so Vain"
Carl Bernstein as shallow nincompoop.
Ana Gasteyer as his prudish secretary.
Probably the only Ryan Reynolds peformanc that I love with favorite line being "He's at the dermatologist."
And. kids in the hall