Film Scouts Reviews


by Thom Bennett

Imagine that Richard Nixon's presidency was actually brought down as a result of him being mean to his dog, Checkers. Sound a bit far fetched? This is just one of the many things that you will learn from "Dick", a hilarious lesson in alternative history and the events surrounding the Watergate debacle.

When two not so brilliant young girls become unwittingly (to say the least) tangled in the cover-up of the Watergate burglary, then President Richard Nixon (Dan Hedaya) or "Dick" as he is so lovingly known, appoints them "Official Whitehouse Dog Walkers" in an effort to keep them quiet. During their short tenure in the White House, they inadvertently see document shredding, payoff sheets and hear tape recordings about the Watergate break in.

However, when it is discovered, that Nixon may not actually be sincere in his affection for his dog, the girls decide that "Tricky Dick" must go. After all, we can't have a president who is mean to his dog.

"Dick" falls somewhere between "All the President's Men" and "Cluelss", with brilliant comic performances throughout. Dan Hedaya does a very funny turn as Nixon and Michelle Williams and Kirsten Dunst are both very good in the leads, but the true comic gems lie in the performances by Will Ferell and Bruce McCulloch as a constantly bickering Woodward and Bernstein.

Much credit must also go to writer / director Andrew Flemming for capturing the moment and having a lot of fun with some of the shadier details of the Nixon presidency. All said, "Dick" is a hilarious look at an absurd time in American history. With recent events in the White House jamming up the news recently, it is nice to think that in a few years that maybe we can all look back and have a little laugh.

Back to Dick

Back to the Press Room

Look for Search Tips

Copyright 1994-2008 Film Scouts LLC
Created, produced, and published by Film Scouts LLC
Film Scouts® is a registered trademark of Film Scouts LLC
All rights reserved.

Suggestions? Comments? Fill out our Feedback Form.