Wag the Dog
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Entertaining, creepily resonant political comedy.
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Fresh: Packed full of wickedly amusing details and expertly modulated performances.
- Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, Saturday, January 1, 2000
Fresh: The picture conveys an irresistible pleasure in fakery for its own sake, and that's its charm.
- David Denby, New York Magazine, Saturday, January 1, 2000
Fresh: A bright idea well realized by director Barry Levinson.
- Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune, Saturday, January 1, 2000
Hilarious political satire about the lengths spin doctors will go to secure the re-election of a president. A great cast list, with the pairing of De Niro & Dustin Hoffman, in particular, making a surprisingly good comedy duo. In the late-90s this could easily have been mistaken for yet another conspiracy theory movie, but more than 10 years later it's almost prophetic!
- RossCollinsUK, Monday, July 20, 2009
Before Meet the Fockers De Niro and Hoffman came together in the political comedy Wag the Dog. De Niro plays a spin doctor for an incumbent President seeking re-election who is facing a sex scandal. He enlists the help of a Hollywood producer (Hoffman) and his clan to produce a war to deflect the public eye from the indiscretion. Yes, the film is a comedy but what's really scary is that you can really see how this could be happening right now. Do you really trust the government enough to believe that these two guys don't have real life counterparts on the payroll.You'll laugh at the absurdity, but it will still seem possible. This is a more mature Dave or The American President. There isn't really a happy ending in sight. The goal is for everyone to keep their job. A good movie for election year viewing.
- sononothing, Monday, October 20, 2008
This rings even more true today, the thing is, the Irak war was not faked at all. Hoffman was very fun to watch, and Woody Harrelson steals the whole thing near the end with a brief but hillarious role. Mamet might bee a conservative idiot, but he still can write good stuff from time to time.
- DragonEyeMorrison, Tuesday, June 10, 2008