The Beltway Follies

TITLE: DAVE

DIRECTOR: IVAN REITMAN

WRITER: GARY ROSS

THE BOTTOM LINE: A genial, expertly played political comedy proves that the spirit of Mr. Smith still lives.

The President, the press secretary reports blandly, has suffered "a slight circulatory problem of the head." That's spin doctor -- better yet, parody spin doctor -- for a stroke that has left the Commander in Chief an aspiring kumquat.

Time for an orderly transition of power, right? Wrong. Time for a cover-up. Time for Dave Kovic (Kevin Kline), a presidential look-alike, to step into President Bill Mitchell's not exactly unfillable shoes. Dave is the owner...

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