Boy meets girl - and the press tracks their every move, rivals fire broadsides and a Presidency with a 63% popularity rating plunges to 41% in seven weeks. When you're the President, everyone knows where you live. Michael Douglas portrays the widower Chief Executive who falls for a lobbyist (Annette Bening), then freefalls in the polls in this winning romantic comedy directed by Rob Reiner. Bustling staff members (Martin Sheen, Michael J. Fox, David Payner, Anna Deavere Smith), a sneering opponent (Richard Dreyfuss), state dinners, formal protocol, informal moments, global crises - all come into focus as Reiner and his stars explore the balance between private romance ad public Presidency.
This is the guy they need - right now
- The American President review by AS
The story is nothing new, love affair/power struggle, set against an everyday backdrop (if the White House can be called everyday). But this is great movie making. Reiner puts not a foot wrong, following confidently in the steps of Capra, Cukor and Wilder. Brilliant screenplay, sparkling dialogue and a pitch-perfect performance from Douglas who steals the show by a landslide