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      Dave

      1993, Comedy, 1h 50m

      62 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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      Ivan Reitman's refreshingly earnest political comedy benefits from an understated, charming script and a breezy performance by Kevin Kline. Read critic reviews

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      Movie Info

      Shifty White House chief of staff Bob Alexander (Frank Langella) hatches a scheme to use a double for the president (Kevin Kline) at a public photo opportunity. Small business owner Dave Kovic (Kline) fits the bill, but after the president suffers a debilitating stroke, opportunist Alexander arranges for Dave to step in full time without even informing the First Lady (Sigourney Weaver). It doesn't take long before the press, the nation and the president's wife realize something is different.

      • Rating: PG-13

      • Genre: Comedy

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Ivan Reitman

      • Producer: Ivan Reitman, Lauren Shuler Donner

      • Writer: Gary Ross

      • Release Date (Theaters):  original

      • Release Date (Streaming):

      • Box Office (Gross USA): $61.0M

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: Argentina Video Home, Warner Bros.

      • Production Co: Donner/Schuler-Donner, Northern Lights Entertainment, Warner Brothers

      • Sound Mix: Surround

      Cast & Crew

      Kevin Kline
      Sigourney Weaver
      Frank Langella
      Ben Kingsley
      Kevin Dunn
      Ving Rhames
      Bonnie Hunt
      Parley Baer
      Stefan Gierasch
      Gary Ross
      Joe Medjuck
      Michael C. Gross
      Adam Greenberg
      Sheldon Kahn
      J. Michael Riva
      Michael Taylor

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      • Jun 18, 2019

        Unassuming, heartfelt comedy.

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      • Mar 10, 2014

        This is an earnest and heartfelt little movie, with a great performance from Kevin Kline. This is one of those sentimental feel-good movies about the little guy that becomes beacon of goodness in the face of corruption and it was a pretty damn good one at that. Personally, I think Kevin Kline tried too hard to be likable, like the little man that can overcome every obstacle put in front of him in order to become a better president than the guy he was hired to replace. Maybe that's how the script was written, but Kevin Kline tries to be too likable, almost to a fault. That's not to say Kevin isn't good, because he is very good and the film, while it has a good script with plenty of comedy, relies on Kevin Kline's shoulders and he's certainly up to the task as he delivers the goods. I think the script also has some pretty serious "dark" moments, particularly for how light-hearted the film is. Like the whole stroke thing with the real president, that guy never gets out of that coma. It's not super dark, but you don't usually see that in these light-hearted, silly comedies. So I thought that was a good touch that added a little more serious touch to a silly story. The cast is really quite good and they're definitely the reason the film gets the score that it does. The script is also quite funny and I think that combination makes the film a lot of fun to watch even if it is a little sentimental.

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      • Nov 20, 2011

        Frank Capra would be proud. Ivan Reitman's second best film.

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      • Aug 07, 2011

        This is an absurd plot, however it's an enjoyable little movie to watch when there's nothing better to do. It's mediocre.

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