The President’s Girlfriend

Well it’s Presidents Day. I thought I’d review a presidential movie. So I chose to review The American President (and I ain’t talkin’ Trump). No I mean the 1995 Rob Reiner film The American President. I first watched it in my Junior government class. Honestly if it wasn’t for that I probably would never have seen it. The American President is about fictional Commander-and-Chief Andrew Shepard. A recently widowed Democratic President played the always reliable Michael Douglas. I don’t completely agree with his politics, but that’s not what the movie is about. This is actually a very charming movie about the personal life of the President. It brings up interesting questions like “what if the President was dating?” An interesting scenario that would only be worse in this day in age. President Murphy begins dating Sydney Ellen Wade, played by Annette Benning. He does normal things like dance with her, buy her flowers, and stuff like that. It’s just the fact that he’s the President that makes it an issue since the media can’t resist a story like that. Of course the Aaron Sorkin dialogue helps. Even if you’re not that into politics, I’m sure you’ll enjoy the romance, humor, and subtext of The American President.

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President Shepherd (left) gives Sidney (right) a bouquet of flowers

P.S. The American President is also notable for maintaining a PG-13 rating despite 3 F-bombs.

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