Quick Review - Warner Bros.'s Dave

In a country where anybody can be president...anybody just did.

Dave is a 1993 political comedy-drama film directed by Ivan Reitman, written by Gary Ross, produced by Northern Lights Entertainment and Donner/Shuler-Donner, and distributed by Warner Bros. The film stars Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver. It was nominated for Best Original Screenplay, but did not win.


"Let's get back to work." - Dave Kovic

Plot


When the President of the United States suffers a very serious stroke, his body double and look-alike, Dave Kovic, secretly takes over as the President under the supervision of his chief of staff. As Dave spends more time in office, he tries to fix a fractured relationship with the first lady, all while unaware of the sinister plans of Bob Alexander, the chief of staff.


My Favorite Part of Dave


Dave is a rare political comedy that doesn't step on toes. It's a pretty funny situation that they put this character in, and it makes for some pretty funny moments throughout the film. This movie is not a social commentary on the wrong-doings of our government. It's a fun what if scenario that plays out in a nice way. This movie has some legitimate laughs, and I was honestly really surprised by that.


My Least Favorite Part of Dave


Unfortunately for me, all of those laughs came with a grain of salt. I just could not get behind the concept that a body double could take over the presidency and run the country perfectly without anyone noticing that something is off. It causes me to suspend way too much disbelief, so that was always looming in the back of my mind throughout the entire runtime of the film.


Why Dave Works


This is a fun nineties comedy that has laughs but also has heart. The ending of this film is extremely wholesome and heart-warming. The central character is just really likable and chill. Even though the concept is a hard one to stay with, it executes all of the individual moments very well. Ivan Reitman has a way of giving you likable characters in odd situations and then injects tons of heart into it, whether it's this film or Ghostbusters or Kindergarten Cop. This is a good movie, and I kind of wish we had more films like it.


Final Thoughts and Score


Dave is a great little political comedy with an ultra-dumb concept, but the heart and humor make up for that.


I will go Savory here. Age range is 8+.


SWEET N' SOUR SCALE

Sweet (Great) Savory (Good) Sour (Bad)

Moldy (Terrible)


"Dave"


Fun Factor: 7/10

Acting: 8/10

Story: 7.5/10

Characters: 8.5/10

Quality: 8/10


Directed by Ivan Reitman


Rated PG-13 for language, minor sexual content


Released on May 7, 1993


1 hour and 50 minutes


Kevin Kline as Dave Kovic / President Bill Mitchell

Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Mitchell

Frank Langella as Bob Alexander

Kevin Dunn as Alan Reed

Ving Rhames as Duane Stephenson

Ben Kingsley as Vice President Gary Nance

Charles Gordon as Murray Blum Laura Linney as Randi