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23 August 2016

Cinematically presential: Take 1 -- Vote for Dave?

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Sometimes, and quite frequently this presidential election cycle, I wish politics we see in the movies were real and real-life politics were fictional. 

Or more fictional.

No, make that less fictional, but still something to view simply as entertainment.  There I go again, writing myself into a corner I can't write out of.  But I think you know what I mean.  Not something entertaining, yet serious and, for lack of a better phrase, something we can just get up and walk away from.

Like the incredibly entertaining movie Dave of 1993, for instance.  Kevin Kline, a gifted and all-too-often underrated actor, plays Dave Kovic, a fun-loving temp agency owner who just happens to bear a striking resemblance to U.S. President Bill Mitchell (also portrayed by Kline).

There's an emergency and Dave is recruited to pose as the president because, he's told, "Your country needs you."

Things are a mess in the White House, of course, and the fact that Dave gets a hateful, frigid shoulder from the first lady (Sigourney Weaver), who isn't privy to the switcheroo, doesn't help.  Well, actually, it helps us, the audience, because it is very entertaining.

Dave is just one of the selections I focus on in my Movie Memories presentation "All the President Men." Cast your vote by phone to 214-364-7364 to schedule "All the President Men" for your group during this, let's just say, interesting presidential election season.


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