Dick
Dick
PG-13 | 04 August 1999 (USA)
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Two high school girls wander off during a class trip to the White House and meet President Richard Nixon. They become the official dog walkers for Nixon's dog Checkers, and become his secret advisors during the Watergate scandal.

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VividSimon

Simply Perfect

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FuzzyTagz

If the ambition is to provide two hours of instantly forgettable, popcorn-munching escapism, it succeeds.

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Hadrina

The movie's neither hopeful in contrived ways, nor hopeless in different contrived ways. Somehow it manages to be wonderful

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Rosie Searle

It's the kind of movie you'll want to see a second time with someone who hasn't seen it yet, to remember what it was like to watch it for the first time.

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SnoopyStyle

Betsy Jobs (Kirsten Dunst) and Arlene Lorenzo (Michelle Williams) are bubbly giggly 15 year old bffs. Betsy lives in the Watergate apartments, and one night, the girls cause the cops to catch the break-in. They keep being in the right place at the right time to cause all kinds of problems for Nixon (Dan Hedaya). When they come to the White House tour, everybody assumes they're clueless, and Nixon decides to keep them as the official White House dog walkers.I love the political spoof. When this starts with Woodward (Will Ferrell) and Bernstein (Bruce McCulloch) fighting on TV, it signals everything about the movie. All the political personalities are brilliantly played. Kirsten and Michelle are just wonderful. Their cluelessness is hilarious.

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danzeisen

A really fun movie, that takes a serious national mess and makes it a comedy. It is so much more fun to get behind official stories and get the real stories that move events. This is, of course, all make believe and fantasy, but the historical events- the break in, the tapings, the resignation, etc. really did occur. It is in fact a great way to introduce younger people to what happened, while getting a real laugh, actually a lot of laughs, especially at the end. A really fun movie- for those of us who lived through those times it provides a great flashback to the times, the scenes, the music and even the people that were making news back then. Not a grand educational type movie, but the good girls prevail in the end. Don't blame me if you spit your popcorn out a few times with laughter, and if you are old enough to get the jokes you just might. For the type of movie it is- a comedy, it is hard to see how it could get much better.

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Enoch Sneed

By this I mean I have studied the Nixon presidency and Watergate from the outside. I loved 'All the President's Men', 'Washington: Behind Closed Doors' (Jason Robards as "Richard Monckton") and, of course, the Oliver Stone 'Nixon'.I think it is a wonderful fantasy to have some of the most critical events in recent US history revolve around two ditsy teenage girls (all that squealy, jumpy-up-and-down stuff really got on my nerves, I had to tell myself they were acting in character, after all "I have met yams with more going on upstairs than these two"). The girls actually trace the same arc as the American public in the early 70's, from unquestioning belief in Nixon to realising he's a paranoid bigot with a "potty mouth" (and he doesn't even like dogs).In the course of the film our heroines manage to influence global diplomacy and bring about the downfall of their former hero (the adolescent crush on Nixon is excruciatingly funny). We even learn why there is an 18.5 minute gap in the President's tapes.The performances are great fun. Dan Hedaya is sublime as Nixon ("young people trust me" - oh, boy!), all scowling and growling. Saul Rubinek as Kissinger and Harry Shearer as G. Gordon Liddy make great caricatures of the real thing. The 'Woodstein' partnership is excellent, too, a relationship born of an irritated recognition of mutual need. Only Dave Foley's Haldeman seems too bland and unthreatening. I regretted not having a take on Howard Hunt.Having outsiders act as participants or witnesses to history is not a new idea, of course, but in this case I found myself almost wishing this could be true.

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MartinHafer

I am a history teacher and if I tried to spot all the anachronisms and historical mistakes, this film would drive me crazy. However, it's all intended as good old silly fun and I had no trouble letting go of my usual habit of spotting the goofs.The film is like combining a dopey teen comedy (such as CLUELESS) with history--in this case, the last years of the Nixon presidency and all its scandals. Again and again, these Forrest Gump-like airheads stumble into one plot after another and accidentally trigger the events that led to the exposure of the Watergate conspiracy. The film begins with the girls stumbling into G. Gordon Liddy during his burglary of the DNC office and culminate with their giving Dick Nixon a rousing send-off at the end of the film.Of all the silly situations in the film, I particularly liked the movie's explanation for the missing 18 and 1/2 minutes on the Nixon tapes as well as the way Woodward and Bernstein were portrayed. However, these are just two of many silly and cute moments.Overall, a great laugh--particularly for those old enough to notice all the references in the film (such as the plumbers and Checkers--who was a Cocker Spaniel, not a pointer, by the way).A word of note--parents may want to think twice about having younger kids watch this movie due to its many crude references (after all, the film is named "Dick"--it should be expected) as well as drug use and glorification.

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