The American President

The American President
The American President
  • PG-13
  • 1h 55m
  • 1995
Certified Fresh91%
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Why can't the most powerful man in the world have the one thing he wants most? Politics, the press and deeply held values collide in this intelligent romantic comedy when Andrew Shepherd falls in love with beautiful environmental lobbyist Sydney Wade--just before he runs for re-election as The American President. President Shepherd (Academy Award winner Michael Douglas) must weigh the political repercussions of his romance with Wade (Annette Bening) as his cynical opponent, Senator Bob Rumson (Academy Award winner Richard Dreyfuss), attempts to slander Shepherd as a radical and use "family values" rhetoric to smear the widower incumbent President.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Certified Fresh91%
Critics Consensus: A charming romantic comedy with political bite, Rob Reiner's American President features strong lead performances and some poignant observations of politics and media in the 1990s.
Reviews
Time Out
Geoff Andrew
Fresh

Part romantic comedy, part Capra-corny political drama, this movie exudes so much sympathy, it swe...

June 21, 2017
New York Times
Janet Maslin
Fresh

With great looks, a dandy supporting cast, a zinger-filled screenplay by Aaron Sorkin and Mr. Doug...

June 17, 2017
Variety
Fresh

Genial middlebrow fare that coasts a long way on the charm of its two stars.

June 16, 2017
Film.com
John Hartl
Fresh

Painless fun.

June 16, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Witty, wise, and idealized political romance.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Sydney and Andrew (both unmarried) sleep together on their second date. Andrew's wife died of cancer, leaving him to raise his daughter alone, which may sadden teens who've lost a parent. There's some minimal cursing, and political rival Robert Rumson is quick to accuse Sydney of being a slut on national television. There's a lot of potential for mean-spirited digs in this film, and some of them are taken, but mostly it's an uplifting romantic comedy in which the president learns to stand up for what he believes in rather than sticking to what makes him popular.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:November 17, 1995
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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