Ivan Reitman (1993)

12 Certificate


Our Score
Ghost Busters and Evolution director Ivan Reitman isn't known for his subtlety, but there's nothing crass about this delightful, gentle satire on the Washington political scene. Part-time presidential impersonator Kevin Kline is drafted into the White House when the real president suffers a stroke. However, he soon begins to get a taste for the job, much to the horror of shifty White House aide Frank Langella. Kline is excellent as both the naive stand-in and the ruthless president, while Sigourney Weaver is fine, too, as the bitter First Lady who begins to see her "husband" in a new light. The supporting cast also can't be faulted: as well as Langella, there are lovely turns from Ben Kingsley, Ving Rhames and Charles Grodin. The real-life American politicians who make cameo appearances won't mean much to British audiences, but look out for Oliver Stone, playing himself, who's desperately trying to convince a disbelieving chat-show host that there is another White House conspiracy afoot.


A mild-mannered lookalike is asked to step in to impersonate the US president, who is recovering from a stroke. However, he soon realises that in addition to affairs of state, he also has to handle matters of the heart, bringing happiness back into the life of the disillusioned First Lady. Comedy, starring Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Frank Langella, Ben Kingsley, Ving Rhames and Kevin Dunn.

Cast & Crew

Dave Kovic / President Bill Mitchell Kevin Kline
Ellen Mitchell Sigourney Weaver
Bob Alexander Frank Langella
Alan Reed Kevin Dunn
Duane Stevenson Ving Rhames
Vice-President Nance Ben Kingsley
Murray Blum Charles Grodin
Alice Faith Prince
Randi Laura Linney
White House tour guide Bonnie Hunt
Director Ivan Reitman
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrothersGuidance: Swearing. Available on: video and DVD