Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The American President

1995-Annette Benning, Michael Douglas

There's one part of this movie that I have a huge problem with. Annette Benning's character is invited to the White House for "meatloaf night". When Annette arrives, first-daughter, Lucy greets her saying that her father told gave her instructions to tell Sydney that he's on the phone with his dentist.

Sydney responds, "So your father's on the phone with his dentist?"
"No," Lucy says. "He told me to tell you he's on the phone with his dentist. He wants you to think he's a regular guy."
"Well, who is he on the phone with?" questions Sydney.
"The Prime Minister of Israel."
"Oh. They're probably not discussing his teeth."
"I hope not!" laughs Lucy.

This WOULD NOT HAPPEN. Not even if you were on a first date with some joe-schmoe.

Let's review that Sydney is dating the most powerful man in the country. In the world. Do the writers honestly believe that she's going to ask who the President of the United States is talking to?? I don't think so!!!

Another scene that bothers me is the billiard scene where Andrew Shepherd, president, tells his chief of staff, played by the wonderful Martin Sheen, that, when they're alone that Martin's character can call the president "Andy".

This bugs me because he's in his THIRD YEAR as president. Like this subject wouldn't have come up before now!! Sheesh!!

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