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Wag the Dog



Wag the Dog
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Wag the Dog is a typically amusing political comedy - not too bright, but Pretty Darn Funny when you think about it. What's amazing is the fact that it survives without using a single joke about Bill Clinton, which is exactly what most movies of this type thrive on.

You never actually see the president in this movie, nor is he even named, so he might as well have been President Clinton. Just days before the election, the unnamed president, who is hoping for re-election, is accused of molesting a thirteen- year- old girl. What a scandal - how is this going to affect the election? The president needs to distract everyone from the scandal until after the election - and what better way to do that than to have a war?

Not a real war, the appearance of a war, according to Washington's best spin doctor, Conrad Brean (Robert De Niro) who is immediately hired to fix the scandal. Brean, in turn, hires a famous Hollywood producer, Stanley Motss (Dustin Hoffman) and before you know it, according to CNN and live footage, America is going to war with Albania!

Things keep getting more and more complicated, as often happens in comedies, and pretty soon it looks like the United States may have a real war with Albania! The only thing that worries me about this movie is just how realistic it might be - does the government really do that kind of stuff?

My Rating = Three Stars

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