This earnest, intelligent, and well-written romantic comedy is enjoyable and optimistic in classic Hollywood style, even if its idealism doesn't seem quite so credible against the cynical political backdrop of the Nineties. President Andrew Shepherd (Michael Douglas), an unabashedly liberal Democrat, is just gearing up for re-election when he meets an attractive and sharp environmental lobbyist named Sydney Wade (Annette Bening). The two fall in love and the President must soon deal with the political repercussions (Sydney is trying to get legislation through Congress), as well as the cynical machinations of Republican opponent Senator Bob Rumson (Richard Dreyfuss), who attempts to paint Sydney as a radical and use "family values" rhetoric to smear Shepherd. With the attacks affecting his standings in the all-important polls, and his love's legislation causing him headaches in the Capitol, Shepherd must decide whether he can risk continuing his relationship. A rich supporting cast, solid characterizations by Douglas and Bening, and an articulate approach make this an appealing, if not particularly weighty, study of the tensions between public and private life.~Don Kaye
The American president starring Michael Douglas and Annette Benning. They have great chemistry on film together Michael Douglas plays the president who happens to be a widower with a twelve-year-old daughter. He gets to meet Annette bening who is employed to get the president to change his mind about fossil fuel. They grow to like each other and I start a relationship. Which in this day and age make the American public think the president's not doing his job. does a great supporting cast and I says well Martin Sheen, Michael j.fox, these to play an important role along with everybody else in this movie. if anybody wants to see a good film American president is that that's well worth the watch.
Still one of my favorite political satire films ever made. Grant it, a film like this with it's clean edges and polish almost seem laughable compared today's political scene. However it still harkens back to a time where there was just a bit more shimmer to the oval office. Couple this with stellar performances by Michael Douglas and Annette Benning and you've got a film that's hard to beat.
The film is a rom-com between a lobbyist and the US president. The romantic thread follows generally the familiar rom-com arc, but in the context of a presidential administration pursuing policy initiatives independently, and at times at odds with the lobbyists interest. The more engaging aspect are the ancillary scenes where we see policy making amidst a blossoming romance and the president. Michael J. Fox, Martin Sheen, and Michael Douglas are in their prime, and superb in these roles. It's easy to see how The West Wing is it's proud offspring.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Light-hearted look at (widower) American President
Owned for 1 month when reviewed.
Back in the day, when American presidency was looked at, a little like the British and their monarchy; widower president finds a girlfriend whose political ideology clashes with his. Definitely an entertaining evening - for both sides - to follow where love leads.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
Annette Benning is a very good looking woman in this movie.
She is also a great actor.
Michael Douglas plays a great US President
While people may not like politics, this is an excellent movie that covers the executive branch very well without being preachy, boring or irrelevant. The actors are great about bringing you in and making you care about the story and the issues.