Wag The Dog
Wag The Dog
- 1h 37m
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Academy Award winners Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman star in a tale of politics, power, and Hollywood so outrageous it could be true! Two weeks before re-election, the President of the United States (Michael Belson) is accused of accosting a girl scout. Before the news reaches the media, his advisors call in a political consultant (De Nireo) specializing in image rescues. What to do? Hire a Hollywood producer (Hoffman) to create a war--distracting public attention from the scandal and rallying Americans to their President in surge of patriotic fever.
© 1999 New Line Productions, Inc.
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: Smart, well-acted, and uncomfortably prescient political satire from director Barry Levinson and and all-star cast.
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Common Sense Says
Entertaining, creepily resonant political comedy.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the president is accused of molesting a teenage girl. All of the main characters lie and work to defraud the voters in order to have their candidate re-elected. A woman sleeps with a man in order to advance their conspiracy. Conrad has a producer killed when he threatens to reveal the faked war.
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- Genre:Drama, Comedy
- Release Date:January 1, 1998
- Audio Format:5.1
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