"The American President" (1995)
Rating: PG-13 (for some strong language.)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Directed By: Rob Reiner
Written By: Aaron Sorkin
In Theatres: Nov 17th, 1995
Runtime: 113 minutes
Studio: Columbia Pictures
With the end of his first term in sight, widowed U.S. President Andrew Shepherd (Michael Douglas) knows that overwhelming public support will guarantee his re-election. But when he falls in love with lobbyist Sydney Ellen Wade (Annette Bening), Shepherd's supporters question the relationship, and his approval ratings drop. As a rival presidential candidate goes on the attack, Shepherd must choose between his political career and his love for Sydney.
This film combines comedy with a well-rounded bunch of characters in a wonderfully sweet love story that’s full of light-hearted energy from the word go.
Michael Douglas is a great lead, giving the president charm and down to earth qualities. One of my favourite scenes was that between him and Martin Sheen’s character, AJ MacInerney, as he discusses his desire to see Sydney again. I thought it was so sweet. I loved his and AJ’s friendship. Martin Sheen is always a pleasure to watch.
Annette Benning is a phenomenal actress. Having her character making a fool of herself while maintaining class is something she pulls off with flying colours. Sydney and Andrew’s budding romance is very cute. It focused on their romance more than I thought it would. I didn’t realise it was going to be as much of a romantic comedy as it actually is. The whole political aspect of the story is merely a backdrop.
Michael J Fox is in flying spirits as well of course. His charm and charisma on screen shining through more than ever in his supporting role as Lewis Rothschild. The man never disappoints.
This is a really light-hearted enjoyable film. Worth a watch for sure!