Dick (1999)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB

France/Canada/USA, 1999.  Canal+ Droits Audiovisuels, Pacific Western, Phoenix Pictures.  Screenplay by , Andrew Fleming.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

In this very funny teen comedy, the possibility is explored that Deep Throat, the mysterious caller who tipped Washington Post journalists Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward to the secrets behind the Watergate scandal, was actually two teenage girls phoning in a prank. The best part is, the clever screenplay makes it all believable.   and are fantastic as two silly blond girls who stumble upon classified information while on a school tour of the White House, prompting President Nixon (a marvelously spirited Dan Hedaya) to give them the title of official dog walkers and ‘Secret Youth Advisors’. From there, the hilarity grows, until an unfortunate last third where the film runs out of steam and resorts to cheap humour.

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