Dave

dir. Ivan Reitman

Series - Retrospective

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Good-hearted temp-agency owner and presidential lookalike Dave Kovic (Kevin Kline) finds himself playing the POTUS part for real in Ivan Reitman's winning, Capra-esque comedy.
Good-hearted temp-agency owner Dave Kovic (Kevin Kline) has attained neighbourhood fame for his uncanny resemblance to President Bill Mitchell (Kline again) — which leads the Secret Service to recruit the bewildered Kovic for a brief presidential public appearance while the POTUS sneaks off for a hotel-room assignation with one of his aides. But when the prez suffers a stroke mid-thrust and goes into a coma, his conniving Chief of Staff (Frank Langella), seeing an opportunity for a power grab, persuades Dave to continue his presidential masquerade. However, the would-be patsy soon proves his presidential chops, slashing the deficit in an afternoon, inspiring the nation, and finding himself romantically drawn to Mitchell's embittered, long-neglected First Lady (Sigourney Weaver). Featuring a winning Everyman performance from Kline and another sharp straight-woman turn from Weaver (who had already displayed her comedy chops in Reitman's Ghostbusters), Dave is a Capraesque, irresistibly feel-good comedy that manages to do sweet without the saccharine, foregrounding the essential good-naturedness beneath the provocations of Animal House, Meatballs, et al. (And dig the cameo by Reitman's Kindergarten Cop star Arnold Schwarzenegger, which takes on added resonance given the Governator's future political career.)