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The ghost of Frank Capra must have smiled when he saw Dave, an amusing and effective update of one of Capra's favorite themes -- the scrupulously honest little guy who becomes a force for good against a corrupt system. Dave Kovic (Kevin Kline) runs an employment agency and seems to genuinely enjoy finding work for people who need it. He also bears a striking resemblance to the president of the United States, Bill Mitchell (also played by Kline) and occasionally gets work as a Bill Mitchell impersonator. One day, Dave gets a call from the Secret Service -- for security purposes, they want… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A genial, expertly played political comedy proves that the spirit of Mr. Smith still lives."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"Kline is so polished and resourceful that he can glide his way through even the creakiest bits and make them seem fresh."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"[A] delightful, gentle satire on the Washington political scene."
‑ John Ferguson, Radio Times
"Despite the familiar echoes, the film works more often than it should. Without the charming Kevin Kline in two roles, plot problems would yawn like sinkholes."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Reitman keeps coming up with bouncy new directions to take the somewhat predictable material, greatly helped by Kline's bounce."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"It's impossible to say whether Dave will play as wonderfully over the decades as it does right now, but this smooth-as-silk comedy could not be more timely, or connect more hopefully with our current national consciousness."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Though replete with amusing situations and clever lines, its strongest suit is the delicately pitched comic performances of its actors, most especially star Kevin Kline."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Dave isn't too careful about filling plot holes. It does a pretty fair job, however, of making jokes at the expense of the D.C. political scene."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"Despite its predictability this is one of director Reitman's best films, a gentle satire which provides Kline with one of his most likeable characters."
‑ , Film4
"...an affable, good-natured comedy, thanks to its stars and director, who never push it too far beyond gentle political and social satire and light romance."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"While it's sloppy and draggy in parts, Kevin Kline, in the title role, delivers an ingratiating comedic performance."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"After the promisingly nasty beginning, the filmmakers settle into a sort of campaign mode, lulling and flattering the audience with a fairy-tale vision of the common man's victory over the Washington establishment."
‑ Terrence Rafferty, New Yorker
"As Kline begins to take his presidential duties seriously, the comedy seeps out, a listless civic-mindedness drifts in like fog off the Potomac."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"Kline gives a tremendously likable performance as the ersatz president, and Sigourney Weaver brings charm and elegance to the role of First Lady who's as ignorant of the switcheroo as the rest of the country."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Pleasant comedy for older kids and up."
‑ Maria Llull, Common Sense Media
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