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If you're tired of the current political scandals, it might be refreshing to revisit one from the past. Take the Nixon Watergate thing, for example: I wasn't around to see that mess smeared through the newspapers, and I was bored to death when we studied it in history.

But I fully enjoyed the new comedy film Dick. Granted, this is a fictional story built around real events, but I still think it makes an interesting - and entertaining- history lesson. Forget the textbooks - I'll just watch a movie, thank you.

Kirsten Dunst and Michelle Williams star as Betsy and Arlene, two teenage girls who, according to this film, greatly altered the events of U.S. President Richard Nixon's (Dan Hedaya) administration. Conveniently, they manage to witness the Watergate burglary, and bump into one of the burglar's when their class visits the White House. Nixon decides to "handle" this situation by inviting the girls to be official White House dog walkers.

Soon, they've created a bigger problem by walking in on a little "destroy-the-evidence" party at the White House. Later, they spill the story to ambitious newspaper reporters- Woodward and Bernstein (Will Ferrell and Bruce McCulloch), from the Washington Post.

If you know anything about the real Nixon/Watergate story, you'll know where this movie is going. To call Dick predictable on these grounds would be unfair. Yet the story is predictable in other ways; at several points I figured out the next fictional laugh gag before it happened.

Nevertheless, Dick proves to be a very laughable comedy, and I have few complaints. The acting was certainly creditable, and, while rather unrealistic, all the characters were engaging. This comedic twist of political history is a captivating film.

My Rating = Three Stars

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