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  • PG-13
  • 1h 50m
  • 1993
Certified Fresh95%
Common Sense Media Iconage 12+
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In a nation where anybody can become President, what would happen if somebody gave a nobody the keys to the Oval Office? Academy Award-winner Kevin Kline stars as Dave Kovic, a mild-mannered office manager who looks exactly like the President of The United States--whom he is hired to impersonate. But when a sudden illness waylays the President, Dave's one-night job doesn't end, and he must deal with the hilarious complications of fooling an entire country, as well as an increasingly suspicious First Lady.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh95%
Critics Consensus: Ivan Reitman's refreshingly earnest political comedy benefits from an understated, charming script and a breezy performance by Kevin Kline.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Uplifting political comedy combines romance and satire.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Dave is a charming political comedy about a regular guy (Kevin Kline) who ends up impersonating the president of the United States when the latter experiences an unexpected (and scandalous) health crisis. Dave isn't perfect -- he willingly participates in the deception at the heart of the movie and does a few other iffy things along the way -- but his big heart shines through, and he ends up improving the lives of his fellow Americans while he's "in office." Some of the movie's political satire and power struggles might go over younger kids' head, especially since politics have changed somewhat since the film was made. But it has strong themes of compassion and integrity, as well as some big laughs and a sweet romance between the jaded first lady (Sigourney Weaver) and the idealistic Dave. Expect some swearing throughout (including "s--t" and one use of "f--k") and some partial nudity. Dave's naked chest and backside are shown in the shower, and a couple has sex under the covers, but nothing sensitive is shown.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:May 7, 1993
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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