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"After seeing Dick..."
3 stars

“DICK has been delayed for months and it finally opened yesterday but without reviews which shows a lack of confidence in the film.” Well, after seeing Dick, I can now suggest a reason for hesitation in putting the film into cinemas: doubt about the amount of background knowledge needed to appreciate the film. If the viewer can’t recognise the names, let alone the likenesses, of the main figures involved in the two-year course of the Watergate scandal, about 80 per cent of the film’s satire goes to waste.

The film expects that even American audiences could call on fairly detailed knowledge of the scandal’s progress, from the arrest in June 1972 of five burglars who broke into the Democratic National Committee HQ in the Watergate building, Washington, to the resignation in August 1974 of President Richard Nixon.

The best-known account of the bugging, taping, obstruction of justice and cover-up saga is the 1974 book, All the President’s Men, written by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, and filmed in 1976 with Dustin Hoffman as Bernstein and Robert Redford as Woodward. In this movie, Bernstein and Woodward are played like Agarn and O’Rourke in the F Troop re-runs watched by Teri Garr as the mother of Arlene Lorenzo (Michele Williams), one of the film’s two 15-year-old heroines.

Arlene, who lives in the Watergate building, and her giggly friend Betsy (Kirsten Dunst) meet an odd stranger on the night of the Democratic HQ break-in, when they sneak out of the building to post an entry to a Bobby Sherman competition. (Who’s Bobby Sherman? See what I mean about background knowledge?)*. When their class tours the White House, they meet the man, G. Gordon Liddy (burglary plotter; played by Harry Shearer) again, as well as other characters in the Nixon regime, including the President (Dan Hedaya) and Henry Kissinger (Saul Rubinek).

According to the script (by director Andrew Fleming and Sheryl Longin), Arlene and Betsy play a vital role in providing Bernstein and Woodward with the information they need to expose the top-level dirty dealings leading up to the unprecedented resignation by a president. How the teenagers do this involves the president’s dog, Arlene’s crush on Dick, marijuana cookies, secret agents, tape recorders, and the girls’ bid to end the Vietnam war.

Without knowing the Watergate story, viewers could find enjoyment in the performances of the two dizzy leads, and maybe marvel at the recreation of flower power fashions (costumes by Deborah Everton), and such time-bound décor features as the room divider (art direction by Lucinda Zak). And for those who followed the Watergate saga, the film reveals -- for the first time -- the identity of the informant previously known only as “Deep Throat”. * Bobby Sherman became a teen heartthrob via the TV series, Here Come the Brides. (Shane

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User Comments

1/18/08 art i loved it a perfect combination of FACT,CONJECTURE AND SATIRE 5 stars
2/28/07 Beau Clevely thought out, had some funny moments and the two leads did good performances 3 stars
2/08/07 David Pollastrini Kirsten Dunst is hot! 3 stars
2/20/06 R.W.Welch Absurdist take on Watergate. Has some droll bits but occasionally heavy-handed. 3 stars
10/30/05 Mellissa Mathie I believe the film was funny, creative and at the same time educational! 5 stars
2/06/05 Jeff Anderson A bouncy & extremely funny film! Dunst & Williams are terrific & Hedaya TOTALLY ROCKS!!!!!! 5 stars
1/08/04 Chlo Gyllenhaal This is light hearted fun, how cute are Betsy and Arlene? 5 stars
12/14/03 Katie Malone Dick rocks! It's a great movie, if not for general plot, than at least for nostalgia! 5 stars
7/13/03 Elizaveta cute and funny - don't take it so seriously people! 5 stars
6/15/03 Jack Sommersby It certain sucks one. 1 stars
12/31/02 John Aster Habig i want to make sweet sweet love to Kirsten til she's pleased and then cuddle her 4 stars
11/16/02 Big Ted Williams & Dunst have great chemistry. Hedaya steals the show. 4 stars
9/23/02 snowconehead god bless false advertising, this is worth seeing 4 stars
9/10/02 ted v. See this movie! Kirsten Dunst & Dan Hedaya are great! 4 stars
8/29/02 I Can't Swim Shockingly clever, funny, great soundtrack..what the fuck else is there? 5 stars
6/08/02 I'm in (L) with a Jedi very good, underrated movie 4 stars
2/03/02 Allison Lafferty Big surprise! Dan Hedaya look much more like Nixon than A Hopkins did. K Dunst's best movie 4 stars
1/18/02 Emily Best Movie Ever!!! It's funniest for the people who know about the whole Watergate thing. 5 stars
10/19/01 Andrew Carden An Excellent Soundtrack, and A Very Good Chuckle Every 1 or 2 Minutes. Great. 5 stars
6/13/01 Phil M. Afficianado It's a gas. Not a sidesplitter, but some good yucks every few minutes. Bold concept;see it 4 stars
6/04/01 Jessica Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, and a whole lotta references to a part of the male anatomy. 4 stars
3/01/01 Ticiana Maria Ramos de Castro It's funny if you know about Watergate case and if you watched "All the president's men " 4 stars
2/01/01 Dan Waldman Very funny. Very smart. Very good. No one should be Dickless. 5 stars
11/05/00 Smart Guy The acting is often forced, the filmmaking week, and the "Dick" jokes are limp.. 2 stars
3/11/00 David Rogers 5 letters. F. U. N. N. Y. 4 stars
1/30/00 kmk very silly... just fun. 4 stars
12/19/99 Tyson Stewart VERY FUNNY, CLEVER, AND FRESH!! 3 stars
11/02/99 Bozo I was really STUNNED it was that good and what a soundtrack! 5 stars
9/25/99 Jeff M Great political satire, if you know your history 5 stars
9/11/99 Timbo Bruce McCullouch is OZZY 3 stars
9/07/99 Magyarpoet Worst Movie of the Year 1 stars
8/26/99 Ami the Wonderbread Dan Heyada can play Nixon for the rest of his life!! 3 stars
8/16/99 d.w. Good natured, pretty funny 4 stars
8/10/99 jvt Painful waste of talent here 2 stars
8/05/99 Malbert It actually wasn't bad; a funny movie 4 stars
8/05/99 John M Really funny! If you lived during Watergate you need to see this 5 stars
8/05/99 Ken Gelineau Bore ah Bore ah Bore ah 1 stars
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