The American President

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The American President is an intelligent, witty and idealistic romantic comedy directed by Rob Reiner (When Harry Met Sally) and written by Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, The West Wing), that seemed to go against the grain of the cynical political backdrop of the Nineties. President Andrew Shepherd (Michael Douglas), an unabashedly liberal Democrat, is just gearing up for re-election when he meets a cutthroat environmental lobbyist named Sydney Wade (Annette Bening). The two fall in love and the President must soon deal with the political repercussions of this unconventional romance, as well as the cynical machinations of his Republican opponent, Senator Bob Rumson (Richard Dreyfuss), who attempts to paint Sydney as a radical and use “family values” rhetoric to smear Shepherd. With the attacks affecting his standings in the all-important polls, and his love’s legislation causing him headaches in the Capitol, Shepherd must decide whether he can risk continuing his relationship. Thanks in large part to the articulate and insightful scripting by Sorkin, The American President offers a convincing White House-office atmosphere (with a crack staff including Martin Sheen and Michael J. Fox), as well as a compelling study of the tensions between public and private life.