Tricky Richard
Review by Ross Anthony

No, it's not about that! A generation ago (or so), old guys named Richard used to like to be called Dick -- as a nickname see.

Set in 1972, two dippy fifteen year old girls stumble into the oval office and are made official presidential dog walkers and later ... "Secret Youth Advisers" to the president. Misunderstandings across their generation gap with Nixon seemly dictate Tricky Dick's fate. If you're too young to remember -- he's the president that got canned.

All of this occurs in a Forest Gumpy kind of way. But the girls, though amusing, aren't as lovable as Tom Hanks in the aforementioned role. Nor is their plight as endearing, making "Dick" -- Gump-lite.

I didn't start laughing until I saw Kissinger, however from there after I enjoyed myself. Perhaps better appreciated by the over forty crowd, "Dick" will make an excellent renter.

Of considerable muse: Nixon taking leave of office to Carly Simon's "You're So Vain." His helicopter riding off to those lyrics is eerily apropos.

Starring Kirsten Dunst and Dan Helaya.
Screenplay by Andrew Fleming and Sharyl Longin.
Directed by Andrew Fleming. Produced by Gale Anne Hurd at Columbia.


Copyright © 1999 Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit:

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