Lists: Comedy

Brief Synopsis: "Bill Mitchell is the philandering and distant President of the United States. Dave Kovic is a sweet-natured and caring Temp Agency operator, who by a staggering coincidence looks exactly like the President. As such, when Mitchell wants to escape an official luncheon, the Secret Service hires Dave to stand in for him. Unfortunately, Mitchell suffers a severe stroke whilst having sex with one of his aides, and Dave finds himself stuck in the role indefinitely. The corrupt and manipulative Chief of Staff, Bob Alexander, plans to use Dave to elevate himself to the White House - but unfortunately, he doesn't count on Dave enjoying himself in office, using his luck to make the country a better place, and falling in love with the beautiful First Lady..."

Overall Ranking: 1286 (Rank from 1993: # 21)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 33.33%
Regular 66.67%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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David Baruffi88
Dan O'Neill70(full review)
Lisa Marie Bowman70 - A likable film with a good performance from Kevin Kline.
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People Involved

  • Kevin Kline (Dave Kovic / Bill Mitchell)
  • Sigourney Weaver (Ellen Mitchell)
  • Frank Langella (Bob Alexander)
  • Kevin Dunn (Alan Reed)
  • Ving Rhames (Duane Stevenson)
  • Ben Kingsley (Vice-President Nance)
  • Charles Grodin (Murray Blum)
  • Faith Prince (Alice)
  • Laura Linney (Randi)
  • Bonnie Hunt (White House Tour Guide)
  • Parley Baer (Senate Majority Leader)
  • Stefan Gierasch (House Majority Leader)
  • Anna Deavere Smith (Mrs. Travis)
  • Charles Hallahan (Policeman)
  • Tom Dugan (Jerry)
  • Alba Oms (Lola)
  • Steve Witting (Secret Service #1)
  • Kellen Sampson (David)
  • Lexie Bigham (White House Guard)
  • Frederic W. Barnes (Himself)
  • Ronald Brownstein (Himself)
  • Eleanor Clift (Herself)
  • Chris Dodd (Himself (as Senator Christopher Dodd))
  • Tom Harkin (Himself (as Senator Tom Harkin))
  • Bernard Kalb (Himself)
  • Larry King (Himself)
  • Michael Kinsley (Himself)
  • Morton Kondracke (Himself)
  • Jay Leno (Himself)
  • Frank Mankiewicz (Himself)
  • Chris Matthews (Himself (as Christopher Matthews))
  • John McLaughlin (Himself)
  • Howard Metzenbaum (Himself (as Senator Howard Metzenbaum))
  • Abner J. Mikva (Himself (as Justice Abner J. Mikva))
  • Robert D. Novak (Himself)
  • Thomas P. Tip ONeill (Himself)
  • Richard Reeves (Himself)
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger (Himself)
  • Paul Simon (Himself (as Senator Paul Simon))
  • Alan Simpson (Himself (as Senator Alan Simpson))
  • Ben Stein (Himself)
  • Oliver Stone (Himself)
  • Kathleen Sullivan (Herself)
  • Jeff Tackett (Himself)
  • Helen Thomas (Herself)
  • Nina Totenberg (Herself)
  • Sander Vanocur (Himself)
  • John Yang (Himself)
  • Stephen Root (Don Durenberger)
  • Catherine Reitman (Girl at Durenbergers)
  • Dawn Arnemann (Mom at Durenbergers)
  • Marianna Harris (Clara)
  • Sarah Marshall (Diane)
  • Ralph Manza (White House Barber)
  • George Martin (Presidents Physician)
  • Laurie Franks (White House Nurse)
  • Tom Kurlander (Trauma Doctor)
  • Dendrie Taylor (Trauma Nurse)
  • Joe Kuroda (Japanese Prime Minister)
  • Geneviève Robert (Vice-Presidents Wife)
  • Jason Reitman (Vice-Presidents Son)
  • Ruth Goldway (Secretary of Education)
  • Frank Birney (Director of OMB)
  • Paul Collins (Secretary of Treasury)
  • Peter White (Secretary of Commerce)
  • Robin Gammell (Postmaster General)
  • Heather Hewitt (Judy)
  • Gary Ross (Policeman #2)
  • Jeffrey Joseph (Ellens Aide (as Jeff Joseph))
  • Bonnie Bartlett (Female Senator)
  • Robert Walsh (Speaker of the House (as Robert V. Walsh))
  • William Pitts (Congressional Doorkeeper)
  • Dan Butler (Reporter)
  • Wendy Gordon (Announcer)
  • Ben Patrick Johnson (Announcer)
  • Steve Kmetko (Announcer)
  • Ivan Reitman (Director)