Dick

  • Review Date: May 18, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1999

Common Sense Media says

Funny, scatalogical movie about President Nixon.
  • Review Date: May 18, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1999

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What parents need to know

Violence

Mild comic peril.

Sex

Comic references.

Language

Characters use "s--t" a lot; one "f--k."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One character is a major drug user.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know there is some very strong language, including puns relating to the President's first name and a whispered explanation of the original meaning of "Deep Throat." Betsy's brother is a heavy drug user who is perpetually stoned, and some of his marijuana makes its way into the cookies the girls make for the President.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

According to this film, the downfall of the Nixon administration was caused by two bubble-headed 15-year-olds. Best friends Betsy (Kirsten Dunst) and Arlene (Michelle Williams) see a burglar breaking into the Watergate when they sneak out to mail in an entry to the "Win a date with Bobby Sherman" contest. The next day, they take a white House tour and spot the same man (Harry Shearer as Gordon Liddy). Worried that they might tell someone, President Richard Nixon (Dan Hedaya) appoints them "official White House dog walkers" and "secret teen advisors." At first the girls are thrilled, and they believe the President when he tells them that the massive shredding of documents they stumbled upon is for his paper mache hobby. Arlene even develops a crush on "Dick" and is swooningly recording an Olivia Newton John song for him when she accidentally erases 18 1/2 minutes from one of his tapes. When she hears on the tape that he is not what he seemed, the two girls decide to talk to two Washington Post reporters in a dark parking garage.

Is it any good?

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The better you remember the early '70s, the more you will enjoy this very funny movie and revisiting the worst hair and clothes decade of the century. Like Forrest Gump, the girls turn out to be responsible for many of the best-remembered historical details of the era. Most of the performances are terrific. Saul Rubinek is a stand-out as Henry Kissinger, and Dan Hedaya is sensational as Richard Nixon -- needy, paranoid, and, in an hilarious dream sequence, positively endearing.

Some teens will enjoy DICK even without a grounding in the history, but they will enjoy it more if they watch All the President's Men first (Bruce McCulloch does a fine job parodying not just Carl Bernstein but also Dustin Hoffman playing Carl Bernstein).

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the real events underlying the Watergate scandal and the impact it has had on the way we see the Presidency and the way the media covers the Presidents.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 4, 1999
DVD release date:December 14, 1999
Cast:Dan Hedaya, Jim Breuer, Kirsten Dunst, Michelle Williams
Director:Andrew Fleming
Studio:Columbia Tristar
Genre:Comedy
Run time:95 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:language and drug use

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Teen, 14 years old Written bydr duck March 22, 2011
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14
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A silly (Yet sophisticated) comedy about two dumb-struck teens and Nixon.

This film is much more witty then what you may think. It is all about a conspiracy between a hotel and Nixon and how these two dumb teens who witness it in numerous ways. A charter goes to a porn film and the characters discuss it (Mostly in whispers) Some language, but the girls scold others when they swear. This is a fun joy ride for teens.

What other families should know
Too much sex
Teen, 13 years old Written bydklink94 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
QUALITY
 

saw it when i was about 8

it was really good. there isnt anything bad in it. a few swear words. not many.

Teen, 14 years old Written bySACYUC July 31, 2010
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12
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The best comedy in years

I pretty liked this one i laughed many times simply I LOVE IT!!!.

What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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