Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1993. Warner Bros., Northern Lights Entertainment, Donner/Shuler-Donner Productions. Screenplay by Gary Ross. Cinematography by Adam Greenberg. Produced by Ivan Reitman, Lauren Shuler Donner. Music by James Newton Howard. Production Design by J. Michael Riva. Costume Design by Richard Hornung. Film Editing by Sheldon Kahn.
Delightful political comedy, featuring a brilliant screenplay by Gary Ross and intelligent direction by Ivan Reitman. When the President of the United States (Kevin Kline) is taken gravely ill during sex with a secret mistress, his staff members immediately hire a dead-on lookalike (also Kline) to take on the job permanently. Even the First Lady (Sigourney Weaver) is uninformed of this particular manoeuvre, and pretty soon she’s noticing a rejuvenation in her husband’s personality that she never saw before. Weaver is excellent, as is a very funny Kline in this intelligent film.
Academy Award Nomination: Best Original Screenplay
Golden Globe Award Nominations: Best Picture-Musical/Comedy; Best Actor-Musical/Comedy (Kevin Kline)