inventive and often hilarious plot revolves around two ditzy
high school girls who inadvertently stumble into the Watergate burglary.
A second chance meeting with G. Gordon Liddy at a White House
tour leads to a remarkable relationship with the girls and the
Nixon government. Tricky Dick summons up all his charm over the
fair sex to make the girls Nixon fans. They even become the
official White House Dog Walkers. For those of you who liked
Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion, Dick will tweak
your funny bone.
of the Watergate virgins. ©Columbia
The hilarity does not stop at the White House, happily, but
reaches into the corridors of the Washington Post and down even
deeper to clandestine meetings in the night with a pair
determinedly dense reporters named Woodward and Bernstein.
The girls are high-stepping, giggly,
and gloriously bathed in a foggy haze of innocence.
Kirsten Dunst is fine as Betty and Michelle Williams has some
grand line reading as Arlene. But Dick really erupts when
Dan Hedaya is on screen. Hedaya does a unique Nixon, not too
long on imitation, but thorough in extracting the last ounce of
humor from every Nixon foible. Adding able support is Dave
Foley as Halderman and Saul Rubinek doing a dandy Henry
Andrew Fleming has experience directing
teenage girls, but The Craft was not exactly high comedy.
Fleming shows a gift for comic pacing. Dick moves like a
missile launched from the White House.
Dick is a gorgeous
DVD eye-candy . Within a few minutes you'll
forget you are watching video. The intense colors pop off the
screen and are well-controlled and defined. No fuzzy edges here.
Background details are kept in sharp focus, newspaper headlines
are comfortably read. Contrast ratio is outstanding. Bright
daylight scenes are alive with the warmth of the sun and
interiors have easy to view lighting. The darkest scenes provide
excellent shadow detail. You won't want to miss any of the
delicious dialog and it's transparently clear in the Dolby
Digital 5:1 encoding. The only thing that may drown out some of
the details is the sound of your own laughter.
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