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Dick Flops

Tricky it is not

By Heather Anderson

staff writer

Directed by Andrew Fleming

Written by Andrew Fleming and Sheryl Longin

With Kirsten Dunst, Michelle Williams, Dan Hedaya

I had high hopes for the Dick, the latest in a line of politician bashing films, especially after the not-too-recent White House scandal about that woman, which should have provided plenty of fodder for the Hollywood cannon. Unfortunately, Dick is neither as personal as Primary Colors nor as biting as Wag the Dog, and despite the fact that it consists almost entirely of shots of two bubbly teen stars, it is nonetheless similar to its namesake: it just isn’t good enough. This is not to say that Dick doesn’t have its moments, but the ones it has are few and far between.

In addition to having a seemingly incomplete script, the film’s pacing is way off, making me wonder if someone fell asleep in the editing room. Of course, one should not expect too much from amateurish co-author and director Andrew Fleming (The Craft). In the end, Dick just isn’t quite quick enough or smart enough.

That said, I can now admit that Kirsten Dunst (needs no introduction) and Michelle Williams (“Dawson’s Creek”) play perfect airheads to an extent I previous thought impossible. The plot consists of the youthful pair getting mixed up in the Watergate scandal, but the story is told in a sort of Forrest Gump-style mocumentary, complete with an alternate version of history linking the Cold War to presidential marijuana use. Like other movies from the same gene pool, Dick pokes fun at both politics and the media alike. No one is spared, but, unfortunately, no one is seriously injured either.

Dick himself is played rather boringly by Dan Hedaya, who, incidentally, played Trini Cardoza in the 1995 film Nixon. Many name brand actors, including Teri Garr and some former “Kids in the Hall” members, pepper the movie in short, almost cameo parts; but even they cannot spice up the bland script and poor editing, which slow the movie to a crawl in some places. The soundtrack does consist of some infectious, hummable tunes (such as ABBA’s “Dancing Queen”), but the score is inconsistent at best.

Dick should resign from its position before the viewing public calls for its ouster.