Cinema: Dick

Directed by Andrew Fleming

It's one of the great mysteries of the century: the identity of Deep Throat. Dick's excellent premise is that it might be a pair of kids (Kirsten Dunst and Michelle Williams). They happen upon the Watergate break-in, then on a roomful of men in suits operating shredding machines full tilt. Nixon (Dan Hedaya) buys their silence by making them official dog walkers and unofficial advisers to his beleaguered presidency. They bring it down anyway, in a movie that sells out real satirical possibilities to its marketing potential as teen fluff. Everyone loses--except Hedaya, who keeps faith with his character's nutsiness.

--R.S.

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