The American President

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Sony/Columbia Released 1995

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Director:
Rob Reiner
Released:
1995
Rating:
PG-13

The American President is the beloved 1995 romantic comedy from celebrated director Rob Reiner (Stand by Me) and iconic screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network). Andrew Shepherd (Michael Douglas) is a former college history professor who won the Presidency of the United States in an accidental victory. A Democrat, his Republican foes could not use their normal weapons about the weak character of the Democratic nominee because Shepherd's wife died just before he got the nomination. He is now in the third year of his administration, looking forward to renomination and re-election because he has a 60% approval rating. He plans to use this by getting a weak anti-assault weapon bill passed. But he is soon confronted by a leading environmental lobby group led by John Mahoney. They have hired a new lobbyist, Sidney Ellen Wade (Annette Benning) and soon Sidney and Andrew are starting a love affair. Leading Republican rival of Shepherd - Senator Bob Rumson (Richard Dreyfus) starts using the love affair to undermine public confidence in the President and his administration.

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  • 80

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    With great looks, a dandy supporting cast, a zinger-filled screenplay by Aaron Sorkin ("A Few Good Men") and Mr. Douglas twinkling merrily in the Oval Office, The American Presiden...

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Genial middle-brow fare that coasts a long way on the charm of its two stars

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Genial and entertaining if not notably inspired. But its most interesting aspect turns out to be fantasies of another kind, pipe dreams about the American political system and wher...

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Love & Romance