Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
France/Canada/USA, 1999. Canal+ Droits Audiovisuels, Pacific Western, Phoenix Pictures. Screenplay by Sheryl Longin, Andrew Fleming. Cinematography by Alexander Gruszynski. Produced by Gale Anne Hurd. Music by John Debney. Production Design by Barbara Dunphy. Costume Design by Deborah Everton. Film Editing by Mia Goldman.
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. Kirsten Dunst and Michelle Williams 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.