The American President (1995)

Nominated for five Golden Globe Awards, and one Oscar award for Best Original Score, film critics Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel gave this a thumbs up indeed. And it’s all thanks to the director who did “Stand By Me”, “The Princess Bride”, “LBJ” and “The Bucket List”, Rob Reiner.

Michael Douglas, Michael J. Fox, Martin Sheen, and Richard Dreyfuss, are the only stars I know of in this. During re-election and a situation to deal with while at war with the Libyans in the Middle East, the U.S. President ever since he lost his wife, was having a relationship with a reporter as all of America began to know about it. Even in Washington, DC.

I may have seen for how Prince Charles who was in a relationship with Diana Spencer before marriage in the UK, and adding her to the royal family, but this is something like that.

So for an okay success, 8.5/10 stars is what I give. ADULTS ONLY.

As of 2021, I do feel sorry for Michael J. Fox for how he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. But he’s still a great actor. Same thing to Richard Dreyfuss. When last seen, he was in “Poseidon” and the voice of a talking snowman in that direct to video CGI animated Christmas flick, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys”.

What about Martin Sheen? I was glad he got a second chance to be popular again. And you should’ve seen him as an elder FBI director J. Edgar Hoover in “Judas and the Black Messiah”.

For Rob Reiner and Aaron Sorkin who made this film, two things. One, Aaron Sorkin who had been a writer for movies for a while did a terrific job when he got into directing movies later on like “The Trial of the Chicago 7”. And two, for Rob Reiner, he does have his father’s spirit as a filmmaker. Although I was surprised that he was almost 100 years old when Carl Reiner passed away. I found out about that after reviewing “Oh, God!”

Last but not least, the son of Kirk Douglas himself. Despite for how he worked for the dark side as one of those Marvel super freaks, he was superb in “The Kominsky Method”.

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