Dick (***) – The poor box office this weekend of the film Dick is a sad state of affairs. Not only is Dick one of the best movies to open this week in a crowded marketplace, but it is truly the only one to use teenagers as the stars of a film truly intended for an older, more mature audience.I wasn’t even born at the time these events took place in our history – close, but not quite – and through books and yes, even the movies, I got all of the film’s jokes and knew who all the characters were. No doubt most, not all, but most of the generations that were born afterwards will not understand most of the material and only laugh at the cheap pot and “dick” jokes. Those are the easiest jokes in the film, but I still found myself laughing at them, especially the hysterical final “dick” joke, because the rest of the film was smart and well-written leaving me not to mind any of the cheap stuff in the film. Dick could have been just a one joke movie, using a script device used by such other great films as Forrest Gump, Ed Wood, and Shakespeare in Love to twist the facts of real-life events and put a new spin on them. But Dick has so much to work from, getting an opportunity to tackle the real-life events about Watergate along with the movies that have already been made about them. This film would complete an interesting trilogy beginning with All the President’s Men, followed up by Nixon. The Woodward and Bernstein stuff in the movie kills me and had me laughing the loudest. Kirsten Dunst and Michelle Williams start out playing female versions of Bill and Ted meet Beavis and Butthead, but tone their performances as their experiences make them a little wiser and more mature. Both are terrific. Den Hedaya does an uncanny Nixon impersonation and I loved how the film throws in all the important players of the Nixon administration and gives them funny moments. Will Ferrell and Bruce McCullough are hysterically funny and reporters Bob and Carl, even going so far as to play them as slightly Seigfried and Roy-ish. The writers of the film keep it short and sweet, keeping it to the basics of the most memorable aspects of the Watergate scandal and that’s alright.I laughed and laughed hard throughout most of its running time and I recommend it highly. I can only hope that the younger crowds who may actually go out and see this film – laugh just as loudly.