Wag The Dog

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New Line Cinema Released 1997

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Director:
Barry Levinson
Released:
1997
Rating:
R

Wag the Dog is a dark comedy that explores the degree to which politicians and their handlers manipulate the news in order to cover up their transgressions. After the president is caught having an affair with a very young woman, fixer Conrad Brean (Robert De Niro) is hired to make the scandal go away. He partners with Hollywood producer, Stanley Motss (Dustin Hoffman) to fabricate an artificial war with Albania, hoping it will take attention away from the president's illicit affair. The two men conspire to create an artificial war by shooting on a sound stage and using special effects to simulate the conflict. They even create phony heroes, including one insane Army convict who threatens to derail the entire enterprise. As the election nears, the two men go into overdrive to insure that the president is re-elected so that he - and they - can keep their jobs. Wag the Dog is a cynical exploration of the power of media and the ruthlessness of politics.

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Metacritic Score

  • 90

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Wag the Dog, the poison-tipped political satire that's as scarily plausible as it is swift, hilarious and impossible to resist.

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    A gloriously cynical black comedy that functions as a wicked smart satire on the interlocking worlds of politics and show business, Wag the Dog confirms every awful thought you've ...

  • 70

    Variety

    Glib cynicism isn't a tremendously appealing quality, but in Wag the Dog it at least has the benefit of comic precision and polished handling.

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    high stake situations, secrets and lies, witty remarks