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By Maria Llull, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Uplifting political comedy combines romance and satire.

Movie PG-13 1993 110 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

An Intriguing Idea

Dave is a very good movie that explores a hypothetical way to deal with a president who is unfit to serve. The film is funny, entertaining, and satisfying at the end. The performances by the cast are quite good, and the plot is well written, more than what can be said about other political movies. However, I would disagree with CSM's age rating on this one due to the sexual content. I feel like even though there is no nudity shown, there is plenty of things that emphasize the 'act', the strongest of which is that the couple is clearly shown 'doing it', accompanied by the moans, facial expressions and movements. All of which is probably too inappropriate for kids as young as 11 and 12. However, I think any teen 13 or older could enjoy this movie just fine. I would highly recommend this movie!

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Is It Any Good?

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This uplifting movie plays to the fantasy of the Everyman or Everywoman who thinks they could make a real difference in this country, if only they had the chance. It's a truly heartfelt film that manages to combine sweet romance with political satire. Older viewers will appreciate the subtle jabs at notable political figures, but you don't need to be familiar with '90s politics to enjoy the wit and warmth here. If you're looking for a funny, romantic take on politics, Dave is definitely worth a watch.

That said, Kline plays Dave with such simplicity that he brings to mind Wilbur Post from TV's Mr. Ed. And when Ben Kingsley, who plays Vice President Nance, shows up toward the end of the film, he adds a depth and presence that almost make him (or everyone else) appear to be in the wrong movie. And the politics represented in the movie can seem oversimplified. Everything works out very tidily, which leaves threads and nuances missing from the storyline. But, then again, that's sort of the point. The situation Dave gets himself into might not be realistic, but the idea of a political outsider shaking up Washington still resonates with today's viewers. Dave's whole message when he revises the budget is that some basic decency and common sense could go a long way in government.

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