Boy meets girl - and the press tracks their every move, rivals fire broadsides and a Presidency with a 63% popularity rating plunges to 41% in seven weeks. When you're the President, everyone knows where you live. Michael Douglas portrays the widower Chief Executive who falls for a lobbyist (Annette Bening), then freefalls in the polls in this winning romantic comedy directed by Rob Reiner. Bustling staff members (Martin Sheen, Michael J. Fox, David Paymer, Anna Deavere Smith), a sneering opponent (Richard Dreyfuss), state dinners, formal protocol, informal moments, global crises - all come into focus as Reiner and his stars explore the balance between private romance and public Presidency.
This is my favourite movie of all time. I've seen it so many times I know all the lines and the music is on my iPod. My purchase of this was replacing a worn out VHS so as far as a recommendation - its a great chick flick with a very happy ending. Having worked within the political system in Washington I loved the setting. If you liked West Wing - you'll love this movie. Make a big bowl of popcorn and have a great rainy Sunday afternoon!
I love movies about the American presidents as you can see how a true president should act. “The American President” is a true romantic movie, which at times will have you on the edge of your sit balling your eyes out. This is an amazing chick flick great for after a breakup! It will make you believe in love all over again.
This is an enjoyable movie that went on to spawn an incredible spin off - the TV series, The West Wing. In The American President, Michael Douglas stars as the widowed President of the USA who meets enchanting Annette Bening. Their romance sets the whole political system on its ear - no one has ever had to deal with the President of the United States going on a date.
When I saw this film, it was so obvious that Michael Douglas's character was based on Bill Clinton, and Richard Dreyfus's character was Bob Dole. Its essential message was the President is a good guy, he's doing his best, and we should give him a break. Then Dreyfus, playing Bob Dole, attacked him for his "morals" (which the Republicans have none) because he had a girlfriend and she burned a flag at a protest in her youth. Dreyfus continually trashes Douglas until he finally stands up to him, and then everything is fine. The film ended up being a very preachy film, even though it was something I generally agree with (I did vote for Clinton, though not with great enthusiasm). I don't like when films preach. They never get their message across. They all end up very heavy handed. The film is rather naive and simplistic, but that isn't surprising, consider Aaron Sorkin wrote it (The West Wing is a horrible show, too naive and idealistic). Michael Douglas's character in real life would have sat there and "would have waited for it to blow over" (like John Kerry did when his patriotism was attacked in 2004), but as Kerry will attest to, this doesn't work. It doesn't matter if Clinton (or any other president) is a "good guy" doing his best. It depends on whether his best is good enough. This film reduces politics to silliness, and while it would be nice if politics were this easy, it isn't, and we shouldn't pretend that it is.